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    • S.S. 'Coptic'

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1898
    • This is a one-shot scene taken from the side of a ship moving in rough seas. In the foreground we see the ship's railing with two life preservers attached; the name 'Coptic' is readable on one. Musser's account of the production of the eight Coptic...
    • Maniac barber, The

    • American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • 1899
    • In this enjoyable trick film, after a customer is seated in the chair, the barber seemingly decapitates him with the razor. After shaving the man's head at a sink, the barber replaces it, whereupon the gentleman rises, puts on his hat and...
    • [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...
    • Inexhaustible Cab

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1901
    • This one-shot comedy was taken on a city street with a white shuttered, two-story building in the background, a fire-plug and police call-box on the corner in mid-ground, and a horse-drawn wagon parked at the curb around the corner. As passersby...
    • 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...
    • La Clownesse fantome (Star Film's English title, The Shadow-Girl)

    • Melies-Star Films
    • 1902
    • A lost Georges M?li?s production, or at least a well-preserved half of one, resurfaced in the Sulphur Springs discovery. Assisted by the costumed 'Imp', the Magician makes a Woman materialize, disappear, and transform into a man, using a hoop, a...
    • Love in a Railroad Train

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1902
    • On an interior set of a railroad coach, this one-shot comedy depicts a Mother holding a toddler (11). When a male passenger tries to steal a kiss as the train goes into a tunnel, it turns out he was kissing the baby's bare bottom. The Mother laughs...
    • 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...
    • The Golf Girls and the Tramp

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1902
    • With a set representing a low wall, a tree, and a half-moon in the sky, this one-shot comedy depicts two female golfers frightened by the approach of a Tramp. One woman resourcefully alters her golfing clothes and golf bags to make it appear she is...
    • [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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...

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