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Edison Collection (Library of Congress)

Works: 11 works in 13 publications in 1 language and 186 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  Short films  Western films  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Gangster films  Experimental films  Nonfiction films  Unedited footage 
Classifications: PN1995.75, 791.4375
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Most widely held works about Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
Most widely held works by Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
The great train robbery( Visual )

2 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]
Celebration of 75th birthday of Mr. Thomas Alva Edison, Feb. 11th, 1922( Visual )

1 edition published in 1922 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

On February 11, 1922 at the Nihon Kogyo Club, a celebration is held to honor the seventy-fifth birthday of Thomas Alva Edison. Viscount Shibusawa, president of the Association for the Celebration of Mr. Edison's Birthday, mounts a podium and reads a speech underneath a picture of Edison. Charles Beecher Warren, the American ambassador, presents his address. The attendees in the large hall listen intently. Baron Yamamoto, minister of State for Agriculture and Commerce, Baron Goto, mayor of Tokyo, and Professor Kozai, president of the Tokyo Imperial University, all deliver speeches. A mechanical bird in a cage, a gift from Edison, is accepted on behalf of the Emperor. At the Nihon Chikuonki Shokai, Kawasaki, Viscount Shibusawa reads his address into a phonographic recording apparatus. Mr. Obata, the Viscount's interpreter, reads an English translation of his speech into the recording apparatus. The Viscount and his party take a tour of the factory
[Newark athlete( Visual )

1 edition published in 1891 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film
The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Edison Business Phonograph( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

It's a busy day at the office, and the stenographer is exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands on her skills. Even when she stays late, she cannot catch up with all of the work. But then a man comes into the office to demonstrate the many advantages of the Edison System, his company's new business phonograph
A day with Thomas A. Edison( Visual )

1 edition published in 1922 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A six-part documentary recording the 74-year-old Edison's collaborations with his staff, conversations with industrial leaders, and supervision of the factory's production line. The majority of the film (parts 3, 4, and 5) chronicles Edison's trip to the incandescent light bulb factory and details its manufacturing process
Men boxing( Visual )

1 edition published in 1891 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film
[Dickson experimental sound film]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1895 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Shows W. K. L. Dickson playing the violin before a large phonograph horn connected with an off-screen reader while two men dance together. Part of Dickson's sound-synchronization experiments
Dickson greeting( Visual )

1 edition published in 1891 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film
Voice of the violin : [Franz Schubert : Ave Maria music video] by Joshua Bell( Visual )

1 edition published in 1915 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"American films about secret cells of terrorist bombers go back more than a century, at least to The nihilists (1905), set in czarist Russia. The popular U.S. image of bomb-tossing, bearded anarchists, immigrants from Europe, goes back further. It was solidified by the 1886 Chicago Haymarket bombing of police (for which three German immigrants were executed) and given additional weight by the 1901 assassination of President McKinley by Leon Czolgosz (a self-proclaimed anarchist whose American birth was usually forgotten). Movies made few distinctions among socialists, communists, anarchists, and terrorists. Still, the advertising publicity for D.W. Griffith's The voice of the violin, probably the earliest surviving film about a U.S. terror cell, is relatively specific about the political ideology behind the slide into violence by its central character, an immigrant from Germany: 'At home he has become imbued with the doctrines of Karl Marx, the promoter of the communistic principles of socialism, the alleged utopian scheme of universal co-operation, which in time, and under the control of intemperate minds becomes absolute anarchy.' The film relies on a hieroglyphic acting style and in the extended first shot, Herr Von Schmitt, the immigrant violin teacher, eventually succumbs to arguments about class warfare rendered in pantomime: The capitalist rich have risen too high, one of his 'anarchist friends' signifies in hand gestures; the poor have fallen too low; all should be in the middle. Probably these vague gestures were hard to comprehend even in 1909, because the next shot, of Von Schmitt's initiation into the secret cell, includes helpful signs on the back wall, including one that reads 'When we come in to our own, there will be no high or low and all will be equal.' The meeting is packed with radical types: bearded characters in old-world garb, a mannish woman, and a tabletop display of a raggedy child with her impoverished mother. Von Schmitt and his German friend are selected to be the assailants, provided ceremoniously with the spherical bomb essential for early movie terrorists, and sent off to a 'monopolist's' brownstone mansion, filmed on West 12th Street in Manhattan and festooned with American flags, presumably to reinforce the national, not merely class, violation. Thanks to the coincidence at the core of the melodrama form, the monopolist's daughter turns out to be the lovely music student (Marion Leonard) whose refusal of Von Schmitt's proposal in the first shot has stoked his misdirected class anger. Although the first decade of the twentieth century in America was relatively free of overt class battles and government repressions, this film reflects fears arising from the widely publicized 'anarchist outrages' of 1908. These included the assassination of a Denver priest by an Italian immigrant ('I am an anarchist and proud of it') and the chicago police chief's rebuff of a reputed assassination attempt by a Russian immigrant ('He looke to me like an anarchist, ' the chief said after shooting him). Closest to home for the filmmakers was the March 28, 1908, failed bombing of police at New York's Union Square during a demonstration at the socialist-led Conference of the Unemployed. The spherical bomb, witnesses first thought it was a grapefruit, exploded in the hand of the bomb tosser, an immigrant from Russia, maiming him and killing a bystander. His membership card in the Anarchist Federation of America was taken as evidence of a conspiracy. This event was neighborhood news at the American Mutoscope and Biograph studio, just a half block away on 14th Street, where interiors for The voice of the Violin would be shot. By that time D.W. Griffith had been a director for just eight months but had already turned out more than 80 films, two or three each week! The voice of the violin was a typically rapid production, shot in two days (February 19 and 23, 1909) but is a rare treasure, beyond its political interest, because it retains its original intertitles. (Although all of those earlier Griffith films are preserved, at the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art, virtually none still have their intertitles, which were not included with the negatives or the copyright deposits. This copy of The voice of the violin was preserved by George Eastman House from a projection print.) The placement of intertitles in the earliest films can disconcert viewers now, because of the convention of telling us about a scene before it occurs. The voice of the violin starts with an extreme example: The opening intertitle, 'Scorned by the heiress, the music master listens to the reasoning of the anarchists, ' is almost forgotten by the time Von Schmitt finally listens to the anarchists' reasoning a full five minutes later, at the end of the very extended first shot. Indeed, we initially see him pointing to his violin as explanation that he's mroe interested in music than in the political posturing in his friend's leaflet. Populating previous Griffith films were other diabolical immigrants who come to America ready to employ a frightening array of 'infernal machines' of death, including 'Pong Lee, a Mephistophelian saffron-skinned varlet, ' in The fatal hour, the 'Walachian gypsy' who tries to murder a judge in An awful moment, and the 'facinorous Sicilian profligate' who leaves an infant dangling out a window in The cord of life. With The voice of the violin we first see Griffith's shift into reconciliation fables, no doubt with one eye on the ethnicities of his nickelodeon audiences. Von Schmitt is welcomed into upper-class America, thanks to high-art music and romantic love. That he was one of the bombers is forgotten or forgiven after his heroism in biting through the bomb's fuse and saving the day. In a conclusing gesturally subtler than the rest of the film, the capitalist father gently echoes violin teaching by showing our young émigré how to wrap arms around his daughter in the American fashion"--Treasures III brochure notes by Scott Simmon
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Alternative Names
Edison Lab Collection (Library of Congress)

Edison Laboratory Collection (Library of Congress)

Edison National Historical Site Collection (Library of Congress)

Edison National Laboratory Collection (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress. Edison Collection

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