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Sulphur Springs Collection of Pre-Nickelodeon Films

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    • [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...
    • [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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...

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