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Sulphur Springs Collection of Pre-Nickelodeon Films

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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...
    • [Trio of Acrobats]

    • Unknown
    • 1901
    • In this one-shot film, three vaudeville acrobats in make-up and ethnic costumes suggesting a Scottish motif perform comic somersaults, head stands, and other tumbling on a makeshift stage. The stage curtain which depicts a river scene droops...
    • 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...
    • The Farmer's Troubles in a Hotel

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1902
    • Restoration of this comic trick film salvaged 108 ft. of its original 150 ft. length. Some opening action described by the catalog in which the Farmer first enters the hotel lobby was missing. In shot #i, a porter escorts a Farmer with chin...
    • Two Rubes at the Theater

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1901
    • The surviving title of this one-shot film reads '2 Rubes In The Theater'. In a medium shot, two jovial rubes are seated in a theater with several other people. The rubes laugh and point at off-screen action, using opera glasses and spectacles to...

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