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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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...

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