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Smith, James Blair

Overview
Works: 39 works in 58 publications in 2 languages and 1,607 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Silent films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Case studies 
Roles: Attributed name, Director
Classifications: PN1995.75, 791.430973
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Most widely held works by James Blair Smith
Edison the invention of the movies by Thomas A Edison ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1918 and 2005 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Commercial motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. Many Edison films continue to be impressive as the company employed such accomplished early directors as John Collins and Alan Crosland
New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This was probably filmed in the southern part of the Upper New York Bay looking towards the Narrows, with Fort Lafayette partly visible in the far background. The subject is a simulated capture by the police gunboat "Patrol" of three "pirates" in a rowboat. Puffs of smoke appear as the gunboat fires several rounds from the bow cannon, which can be clearly seen later in a side view of the boat [Frame: 3642]. The "Patrol" was a steel, twin screw, 135 foot, 118 ton police boat, built in 1893 at Sparrow's Point, Maryland
Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SKY-SCRAPERS OF NEW YORK CITY, FROM THE NORTH RIVER. A Beautiful panoramic view of lower New York from Barclay Street to Battery Park, showing a beautiful stereoscopic effect of the sky-scrapers in the business section of the city. Old Castle Garden, at which place hundreds of thousands of emigrants have landed from time to time, but now used as an Aquarium, is also seen in the picture. One of the finest panoramic pictures of New York ever taken
New York City dumping wharf ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to the next barge, where four-wheeled carts are shown dumping excavation rubble. Probably filmed on the East River, this is one of several New York City Sanitation Department dumping wharves in operation at the time
New York City "ghetto" fish market ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: NEW YORK GHETTO FISH-MARKET. A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are seen passing along the stands and making their selections of fish. A great character study
White Wings on review ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: WHITE WINGS ON REVIEW. A fine picture of the celebrated "White Wings" or street- cleaning department of one district of Greater New York, showing over 350 men in line, and over 100 carts that are used to carry the refuse away to the dumping wharf, marching through the streets of New York
Opening of new East River bridge, New York ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first view is from the roadway of the Williamsburg are seen. From another camera position, taken over the heads of the crowd, buildings around the waterfront are seen, and the dignitaries, led by a standard bearer again pass the camera. The banner reads "MAYOR." Next, a covered platform, draped in flag bunting is shown, where the people previously seen have gone to begin the ceremonies. There is a brass band playing in front of the platform]. Next, an unidentified speaker, probably Mayor Seth Low, can be seen addressing the crowd
[Fireboat "New Yorker" in action--excerpts] ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This excerpt shows a demonstration by the famous fireboat "New Yorker." The picture shows the fireboat with all its nozzles spurting water as it goes back and forth in front of the camera. Put in service on February 1, 1891 as Engine Company 57, the "New Yorker" was stationed at the Battery near Castle Garden, where her crew lived aboard. She was 125 feet long, 25 feet abeam, with a tonnage of 243. The 800 horsepower triple expansion engine turned a single screw. With a total capacity of 13,000 gallons per minute from its Clapp & Jones and La France fire pumps, the "New Yorker" was the most powerful fireboat in the world. When Admiral Dewey came to New York with the flagship "Olympia" after the battle of Manila Bay, the "New Yorker" led the water parade of hundreds of craft. Built at a cost of 98,250 dollars, the "New Yorker" remained in service until 1931
Pan-American expo ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1901 and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The film begins with a slow pan over the tower building of the exposition, which was lighted by electric lights. The pan goes from a daylight shot of the grounds to what appears to be a special effects situation involving back lighting of the scene
The burning of Durland's Riding Academy ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1901 and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
White Wings on review ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: WHITE WINGS ON REVIEW. A fine picture of the celebrated "White Wings" or street- cleaning department of one district of Greater New York, showing over 350 men in line, and over 100 carts that are used to carry the refuse away to the dumping wharf, marching through the streets of New York. Code word Urachness. Length 225 feet. Class B. $27.00
Fireboat "New Yorker" in action ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
FIREBOAT "NEW YORKER" IN ACTION. A magnificent picture of this boat making a run and starting the water from at least a dozen nozzles at one time. In the middle of the picture the boat is seen throwing at least twenty streams, so enveloping itself in mist that it is almost entirely obscured. Length 225 feet"--Edison films catalog
Opening of new East River bridge, New York ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first view is from the roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge on the day of the opening. Close-ups of the parading dignitaries and members of the press [Frame: 0345] are seen. From another camera position, taken over the heads of the crowd, buildings around the waterfront are seen, and the dignitaries, led by a standard bearer again pass the camera. The banner reads "MAYOR." Next, a covered platform, draped in flag bunting is shown, where the people previously seen have gone to begin the ceremonies. There is a brass band playing in front of the platform [4910]. Next, an unidentified speaker, probably Mayor Seth Low, can be seen addressing the crowd
The movies begin. a treasury of early cinema, 1894-1913 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Comprend 42 films produits entre 1894 et 1910 par différents producteurs tels: William Heise, W.K.L. Dickson, James White, Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière, Alexandre Promio, Georges Méliès, Thomas Edison, Joseph Mundviller, A.E. Weed, Fred A. Dobson, G.W. Bitzer, Robert K. Bonine, James Blair Smith, Edwin S. Porter, Sigmund Lubin et Charles Pathé, chez différentes maisons de production dont: The Edison Manufacturing Company, The American Mutoscope & Biograph Company et chez Pathé Frères
The great train robbery ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scene 4 -- The Fight on the Tender. This thrilling scene was taken from the mail car showing the tender and interior of locomotive cab, while the train is running forty miles an hour. While some of the bandits are robbing the mail car, two others are seen climbing over the tender. One of them holds up the engineer, and the other covers the fireman. The latter secures a coal shovel and climbs up on the tender, where a desperate fight takes place with the outlaw. They struggle fiercely all over the tank, having several narrow escapes from being hurled over the side of the tender. Finally they fall, with the robber on top. He grabs a lump of coal, and strikes the fireman on the head, rendering him senseless. He then hurls the body from the swiftly moving train. The bandits then compel the engineer to bring the train to a stop. Scene 5 -- The Train Uncoupled. Shows the train coming to a stop. With the robbers' pistols close to his head, the engineer leaves the locomotive, uncouples it from the train, and pulls ahead about one hundred feet. Scene 6 -- Exterior of Passenger Coaches. The bandits compel the passengers to leave coaches with hands aloft, and line up along the tracks. One of the robbers covers them with large pistols in either hand, while the others ransack the travelers' pockets. A passenger makes an attempt to escape, but is instantly shot down. After securing everything of value, the band terrorize the passengers by firing their revolvers in the air, and then make safe their escape on the locomotive. Scene 7 -- The Escape. The desperadoes board the locomotive with their booty, command the engineer to start his machine, and disappear in the distance. Scene 8 -- Off to the Mountains. The robbers bring the engine to a stop several miles from the scene of the "Hold Up," and take to the mountains. [end of part 2]
The Movies Begin : volume one: The Great Train Robbery and other primary works ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
New York City dumping wharf ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to the next barge, where four-wheeled carts are shown dumping excavation rubble. Probably filmed on the East River, this is one of several New York City Sanitation Department dumping wharves in operation at the time
Der große Eisenbahnraub die Geschichte des Wilden Westerns ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
De eerste western van de filmgeschiedenis: een groep cowboy bandieten houden een trein aan en beroven de passagiers. Ze worden daarna achtervolgd door een groep mannen onder leiding van een sheriff
Sky scrapers of New York City, from the North River ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Filmed from a moving boat, the film depicts the Hudson River (i.e., North River) shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan beginning around Fulton Street and extending to Castle Garden and Battery Park. It begins at one of the American Line piers (Pier 14 or 15, opposite Fulton Street) where an American Line steamer, either the "New York" or "Paris," is seen docked [Frame: 0120]. The camera passes one of the Manhattan-to-New Jersey commuter ferries to Jersey City or Communipaw [0860]. Proceeding south, the distinct double towers of the Park Row, or Syndicate Building, erected in 1897-98, can be seen in the background [0866]. A coastal freighter is next [1560], then Trinity Church appears, to the left of which can be seen the Surety Building, as a tug with a "C" on the stack passes in foreground [2032]. Several small steamboats come into view [2136], and the B.T. Babbitt Soap factory at Pier 6 is seen [2300], followed by the Pennsylvania Railroad piers (#5 & #4), with a group of docked railroad car floats [2556], and the Lehigh Valley Railroad piers (#3 & #2), also with car floats [3030]. Next are the Bowling Green Building (rectangular, with facade to camera) [3208], the Whitehall Building (vertical, thin side to camera) [3388], followed by Pennsylvania Railroad Pier #1 [3630]. Pier A (with a clock tower) is seen with the New York Harbor Police steam boat "Patrol" at its end [4654]. The Bowling Green Offices and the Produce Exchange at Bowling Green are visible in the background. The breakwater (sheltered landing) and the New York City Fireboat House appears [5270] and the distinctive round structure, Castle Garden, once a fort and immigrant station, but at the time of filming the City Aquarium, comes into view [5438]. The camera then pans east along the Battery Park promenade: the Barge Office (with tower) is visible in the distance [5804], and further out the Brooklyn shoreline with the grain elevators at Atlantic Avenue can be seen [6088]. This view is continued, with only a minor break in continuity, in the film Panorama of Sky Scrapers and Brooklyn Bridge From the East River. Together they comprise a sweep around the southern tip of Manhattan, from Fulton Street on the Hudson to the Brooklyn Bridge
Education ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"Sharing our success stories" is a 14-part DVD series intended to help educate mental health consumers and professionals, bringing awareness to a variety of topics. In each segment, individuals discuss their individual success story. In this segment, four adults from the mental health community share their experiences dealing with their illness while attending school
 
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Alternative Names
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Smith, J. B.
Smith, J. B. (James Blair)
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English (37)
German (1)