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    • [Pillow Fight Scene]

    • Unidentified
    • n.d.
    • A one-shot film taken on a bedroom set features about a dozen young girls in long nightgowns engaged in a pillow fight with feathers flying. Though pillow fight scenes were generic in early cinema, catalog descriptions of similar subjects offered...
    • [Gymnastics]

    • Unknown
    • n.d.
    • Two male gymnasts perform routines on high parallel bars in an outdoor arena that resembles a period baseball park with a roof over part of the grandstands. In the background, six men seated on chairs before the empty grandstands watch them perform...
    • [Feeding Fowl on a Country Path]

    • Unknown
    • n.d.
    • This one-shot actuality was taken in a clearing on a rural, wooded path. A man carrying a basket, wearing a flat straw hat and black vest over a white shirt walks toward the camera from the far background, feeding a flock of turkeys, chickens, etc....
    • Japs Loading and Firing a Gun on Battleship 'Asam'

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • ca. 1904
    • This is one of several actualities taken on the Japanese warship and offered for sale by Edison in March, 1904. Photographed in medium long shot, four Japanese sailors overseen by an officer operate a heavy gun. The print uses the Edison sprockets...
    • Epopee napoleonienne: Crossing Mt. St. Bernard

    • Pathe Freres
    • ca. 1903-1904
    • The film consists of a one-shot tableau of Napoleon's soldiers, horses, and artillery moving through a wintry Alpine scene, rendered on an elaborate set complete with falling snow. Many costumed extras are posed or moving in several planes of the...
    • Earthquake ruins new Majestic Theater and City Hall

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Panorama City Hall, Van Ness Ave., and College of St. Ignatius

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Panorama Nob Hill and ruins of millionaire residences

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Panorama notorious 'Barbary Coast'

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Panorama ruins, aristocratic apartments

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Ruins of Chinatown

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Vertical panorama City Hall and surroundings

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • The Counterfeiters

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1905
    • This sophisticated story film containing at least twenty-seven shots details the investigation of a gang of counterfeiters by U.S. Secret Service agents. In shot 6, the old woman aiding the counterfeiters exits their attic work room then returns...
    • Life Of An American Fireman

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1905
    • Perhaps the most intriguing film of the Sulphur Springs discovery is Lubin's imitation of the famous Porter/Edison Life Of An American Fireman. The title, along with a two-column description first appeared in the Lubin catalog issued in May, 1905...
    • The Fight on the Bridge for Supremacy

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1904
    • The Fight on the Bridge for Supremacy (Lubin, 1904). Though the print's extant title reads 'Fight On the Bridge Between Russians & Japs', the June, 1904 Lubin catalog and subsequent listings of this topical Russo-Japanese War scene use the former...
    • A Shocking Accident

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1904
    • At the beginning of this one-shot comedy, a woman and her maid set up a ladder to wash a high porch railing outside the house. An impudent man in a loud checkered suit comes by and flirts with the lady of the house, in the process knocking the maid...
    • Tracked By Bloodhounds, or A Lynching in Cripple Creek

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1904
    • William Selig prominently advertised this film as a 'headliner' in the trade press from mid-1904 through 1905 as multi-shot story films became more important in the industry. This violent twelve-scene film depicts a Tramp's murder of a woman who...
    • [Couple Feeding Barnyard Fowl]

    • Unknown
    • 1903
    • This one-shot actuality shows a couple feeding ducks and chickens in a barnyard. The woman wears a long white dress and hat, the man a flat cap and a coat with vest and tie. The camera pans slightly to follow them. The man exits screen left, the...
    • The Goose Takes a Trolley Ride

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1903
    • In shot 1 of this threeshot comedy, a young woman boards a streetcar with a man who's carrying a live goose. In shot 2, men already seated inside reading newspapers offer seats to the young woman, while ignoring an older, heavy woman. When the...

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