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