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Smith, James Blair

Overview
Works: 38 works in 67 publications in 2 languages and 2,406 library holdings
Genres: Short films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Silent films  History  Drama  Western films  Popular works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Actualities (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Attributed name, Director, Author
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Most widely held works about James Blair Smith
 
Most widely held works by James Blair Smith
Edison : the invention of the movies by Thomas A Edison( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 712 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 City "ghetto" fish market( Visual )

5 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The view, photographed from an elevated camera position, looks down on a very crowded New York City street market. Rows of pushcarts and street vendors' vehicles can be seen. The precise location is difficult to ascertain, but it is certainly on the Lower East Side, probably on or near Hester Street, which at the turn of the century was the center of commerce for New York's Jewish ghetto. Located south of Houston Street and east of the Bowery, the ghetto population was predominantly Russian, but included immigrants from Austria, Germany, Romania and Turkey. According to a description in a 1901 newspaper, an estimated 1,500 pushcart peddlers were licensed to sell wares (primarily fish) in the vicinity of Hester Street. At one point the film seems to follow three official looking men (one in a uniform) as they walk among the crowd. They may be New York City health inspectors, who apparently monitored the fish vendors closely
[Fireboat "New Yorker" in action--excerpts]( Visual )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: 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
New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates( Visual )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 203 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. 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 )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries 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. The camera passes one of the Manhattan-to-New Jersey commuter ferries to Jersey City or Communipaw. Proceeding south, the distinct double towers of the Park Row, or Syndicate Building, erected in 1897-98, can be seen in the background . A coastal freighter is next, 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. Several small steamboats come into view, and the B.T. Babbitt Soap factory at Pier 6 is seen, followed by the Pennsylvania Railroad piers (#5 & #4), with a group of docked railroad car floats, and the Lehigh Valley Railroad piers (#3 & #2), also with car floats. Next are the Bowling Green Building (rectangular, with facade to camera), the Whitehall Building (vertical, thin side to camera), followed by Pennsylvania Railroad Pier #1. Pier A (with a clock tower) is seen with the New York Harbor Police steam boat "Patrol" at its end. 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 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. The camera then pans east along the Battery Park promenade: the Barge Office (with tower) is visible in the distance, and further out the Brooklyn shoreline with the grain elevators at Atlantic Avenue can be seen. 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
White Wings on review( Visual )

5 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 202 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 )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 202 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
New York City dumping wharf( Visual )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 201 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
Pan-American expo( Visual )

1 edition published in 1901 and held by 93 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 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edison : the invention of the movies( Visual )

1 edition published in 1918 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two hours of interviews with archivists and early cinema scholars. Over two hundred scans of artifacts from MoMA's Edison Collection never available to the public before: stills, script fragments, interoffice memos, and promotions. 140 complete films
The great train robbery( Visual )

6 editions published in 1903 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Edison films catalog: This sensational and highly tragic subject will certainly make a decided "hit" whenever shown. In every respect we consider it absolutely the superior of any moving picture ever made. It has been posed and acted in faithful duplication of the genuine "Hold Ups" made famous by various outlaw bands in the far West, and only recently the East has been shocked by several crimes of the frontier order, which fact will increase the popular interest in this great Headline Attraction. Scene 1 -- Interior of Railroad Telegraph Office. Two masked robbers enter and compel the operator to set the "signal block" to stop the approaching train, also making him write a fictitious order to the engineer to take water at this station, instead of at "Red Lodge," their regular watering stop. The train comes to a standstill; conductor comes to the window, and the frightened operator delivers the order while the bandits crouch out of sight, at the same time keeping their revolvers trained on him. No sooner does the conductor leave than they fall upon the operator, bind and gag him, then hastily depart to catch the moving train. Scene 2 -- At the Railroad Water Tank. The bandit band are seen hiding behind the tank as a train stops to take water (according to false order). Just before she pulls out they stealthily board the train between the express car and the tender. Scene 3 -- Interior of Express Car. Messenger is busily engaged with his duties. Becoming alarmed at an unusual sound, he goes to the door, and peeping through the keyhole, discovers two men trying to break in. He starts back in a bewildered manner. Quickly recovering, his first thought is of the valuables in the strong box, which he hastily locks, and throws the key through the open side door. Pulling his revolver, he fortifies himself behind a pile of trunks, etc. In the meantime, the two robbers have succeeded in effecting an entrance. They enter cautiously. The messenger opens fire on them. A desperate pistol duel takes place, in which the messenger is killed. One of the robbers stands watch while the other tries to open the treasure box. Finding it locked, he searches the messenger for the key. Not finding it, he blows the safe up with dynamite. After securing the valuables and mail bags, they leave the car. [end of part 1]
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
Der große Eisenbahnraub die Geschichte des Wilden Westerns( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
"Reliance" and "Shamrock III" jockeying and starting in first race( Visual )

1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"The opening scene shows the area designated for turning in the America's Cup Races. Two large sailingyachts approach the turning buoy and make their turn. They pass close to the boat carrying the camera. The crew of one of the yachts is clearly visible"--Early motion pictures
Yoga session( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 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, three mental health consumers discuss how their involvement in the Yoga Outreach program at the Douglas Park Community Centre has helped them manage their illness
Quitting smoking( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 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, ex-smokers discuss their history of cigarette smoking, and how they managed to quit
Working with a mental illness( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 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, seven mental health consumers describe their experiences going back to work after managing their illness, and what challenges they faced
Recovery by WYES-TV( 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 mental health consumers share their successes and challenges during various stages of recovery
 
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Alternative Names
Smith, Blair

Smith, J. B.

Smith, J. B. (James Blair)

Smith, J. Blair

Smith, J. Blair (James Blair)

Smith, Jacob Blair

Smith, James Blair

Languages
English (46)

German (2)