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Paley, William Daly 1857-1924

Overview
Works: 31 works in 37 publications in 1 language and 825 library holdings
Genres: Short films  Silent films  History  Biography  Nonfiction television programs  Biographical television programs  Historical television programs  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Educational films 
Roles: Director
Classifications: PN1993.5.A1, 791.430973
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Most widely held works by William Daly Paley
Edison : the invention of the movies by David J Burke( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 703 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
U.S. troops landing at Daiquirí, Cuba( Visual )

2 editions published in 1898 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"U.S. troops in lifeboats are landing at a wooden pier in Daiquiri, Cuba; the men are part of Gen. William R. Shafter's expeditionary force sent to fight in Cuba during the Spanish-American War in June, 1898. The men alight from boats as earlier arrivals walk along the dock toward the camera; the soldiers are equipped with blanket rolls, haversacks, and rifles. One of the transport ships is visible in the background next to a high metal pier. Daiquiri was recommended to General Shafter as a landing site by Gen. Calixto Garcia because of the two piers built by an American mining company and the availability of fresh water. The actual landing proved to be disordered, but was fortunately unopposed by Spanish troops"--Theodore Roosevelt Association Film Collection catalog, p. 162
Edison : the invention of the movies( Visual )

1 edition published in 1918 in English and held by 10 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
Cuban volunteers embarking( Visual )

2 editions published in 1898 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men carrying rifles and bedrolls boarding ship via gangway
Military camp at Tampa, taken from train( Visual )

2 editions published in 1898 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Edison films "war extra" catalog: A wide plain, dotted with tents, gleaming white in the bright sunshine. Soldiers moving about everywhere, at all sorts of duties. In the background looms up a big cigar factory; giving the prosaic touch to the picture needful to bring out in sharp contrast the patriotism with which the scene inspires us. The camera was on a rapidly moving train, so the panoramic view is a wide one, and remarkably brilliant. 50 feet
N.Y. Journal despatch yacht "Buccaneer"( Visual )

2 editions published in 1898 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Shows the despatch boat of the "New York Journal" steaming through the water, having aboard the war correspondents. This is one of the fastest yachts engaged in the business. She approaches rapidly and as she cuts through the sea her prow throws the water in a white spray on either side. This is an excellent picture of a good subject. The bow waves are especially fine. 50 feet
Montreal Fire Department on runners( Visual )

2 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Edison films catalog: First comes the Chief's sleigh with old-fashioned side runners, containing the Chief and his driver. Next comes a chemical apparatus mounted on a stout double runner sled, which is followed closely by hose apparatus mounted on double runner sleds. Next comes a water tower mounted on a set of double runners and drawn by four beautiful horses. This is followed very closely by an engine drawn by a four-horse string team. Next comes a hook and ladder mounted on a double set of runners and drawn by a four-horse string team. This is followed by another engine on double runners and drawn by a four-horse string team, and a second hose carriage, and a Protective Insurance outfit bring up in the rear. The different apparatus, with their puffing horses, make a very exciting appearance as they pass the camera. It being a very cold day, the breath leaves the horses nostrils in great white puffs as they gallop through the snow-clad streets. Length 100 feet. $15.00
Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken at Washington, in front of the Navy Department, and shows Secretary of the Navy Long and Captain Sigsbee of the ill-fated "Maine" coming down the steps. As they reach the bottom a waiting attaché approaches the Secretary and hands him a letter. In the meantime Capt. Sigsbee and his friend walk toward the immediate foreground, in earnest conversation. They are quickly joined by the Secretary and the attaché. Here they halt and apparently debate some important question. Additional action is lent to the scene by ladies and gentlemen descending the steps. The background is formed by the handsome building of the Navy Department. The figures are full life size, and are excellent portraits of the famous Captain and the Secretary. This picture excites the keenest interest whenever it is shown. 50 feet
U.S. battleship "Indiana"( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Taken at the Dry Tortugas, and shows the most powerful fighting machine in the world to-day as she lies at anchor taking on coal. The decks are covered with marines and sailors. An immense barge lies along side, from which a large gang of negroes are hustling "King coal" into the battleship, on whose decks the coal passers run to and fro. The view is taken from a moving yacht and gives the effect of the vessel itself passing through the water. As the yacht passed the starboard quarter, the powerful 13-inch, 8-inch and 6-inch guns bristle from their turrets. She looks every inch of her great length, 348 feet. The photograph is excellent. 50 feet"--Edison films "war extra" catalog
Troops making military road in front of Santiago( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Here is a detail of the 34th Michigan Regiment engaged in road making. Under command of Captain Dodd of Troop E, 3rd Regular Cavalry, they are road making, that the siege guns may go to the front. The chaparral and thick underbrush has been cleared away, and the soldiers are working with picks and shovels, to make the way passable"--The Phonoscope
Soldiers washing dishes( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Some men in military uniform, others in civilian clothes, bringing cups and cutlery to wash, tents and building in background. Actual washing not shown
Trained cavalry horses( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From Edison films catalog: Shows the wonderful intelligence of these Troop F, 6th U.S. Cavalry, horses. At a command they lie down promptly, and at another order scramble to their feet. 50 feet. $7.50
Colored troops disembarking( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"The steamer "Mascotte" has reached her dock at Port Tampa, and the 2d Battalion of Colored Infantry is going ashore. Tide is very high, and the gang plank is extra steep; and it is laughable to see the extreme caution displayed by the soldiers clambering down. The commanding officer struts on the wharf, urging them to hurry. Two boat stewards in glistening white duck coats, are interested watchers--looking for "tips" perhaps. The picture is full of fine light and shadow effects. 50 feet"--Edison films "war extra" catalog
Cuban refugees waiting for rations( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Depicts a group of "reconcentrados" (rural noncombatant Cubans). During the Spanish-American War reconcentrados were moved by the military authorities into areas surrounding fortified towns, and later into the towns themselves. The "reconcentration" policy was ordered the military governor of Cuba, General Valeriano Weyler, to make it difficult for insurgents to hide among civilians. The idea was to protect the civilians until the Spanish were victorious, but many died due to the terrible living condition in the camps
War correspondents( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Shows a phase of the war excitement as it affects newpaper men at Key West, Florida. About a dozen war correspondents of the different New York papers are running up the street in a bunch to get to the cable office to get copy of cablegrams to be in turn transmitted to their different papers. They rush directly toward the audience, turn a corner in the immediate foreground and disappear down a side street. A good-natured struggle occurs here, to see who will make the turn first. Curious natives watch the unusual scene. A horse and carriage follow at a seemingly slow pace, showing by comparison what a rapid head-on foot race has been witnessed. 50 feet
Blanket-tossing a new recruit( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Company F, 1st Ohio Volunteers, initiating a new man. Nineteen times he bounces in the blanket, and each toss is funnier than the last one. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog
Roosevelt's Rough Riders embarking for Santiago( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Soldiers in Spanish-American War uniforms moving boxes towards a steamship on the dock
Burial of the "Maine" victims( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Taken at Key West, Fla., March 27, 1898. First comes a detachment of sailors and marines in the left foreground, while at the right is seen a crowd of small colored boys, which precedes any public procession in the South. Then follow the nine hearses, each coffin draped with THE FLAG. At the side of each wagon walk the pall bearers, surviving comrades, their heads bowed in attitudes of grief. Next come naval officers and marines, and lastly a procession of carriages, followed by a large crowd on foot. The scene is reproduced as it actually occurred. The figures are life size and well in the foreground"--Edison films "war extra" catalog
Travels of a lost trunk( Visual )

1 edition published in 1905 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Consists of a number of short scenes: a man in front of a house attempts to sneak past a huge dog; a man standing on a ladder kisses a woman through a window; the same man embraces the woman in her boudoir while she is sitting on his lap. Several other scenes follow, ending up with a man getting out of a trunk that has just rolled down a large flight of stairs. He is the same man who was seen int the woman's boudoir. How he got into the trunk is not shown
Automobile parade( Visual )

1 edition published in 1900 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The first annual automobile parade, held on November 4, 1899 by the Automobile Club of America, in downtown Manhattan. At least ten different makes and models are seen, including electric and steam powered machines. In the background is Madison Square Garden. As the cars pass, turning towards the right side of the screen, cyclists and pedestrians can also be seen, including a man on a motorized tricycle. About one minute into the film, a carriage pulled by a white horse is driven past the camera, and a horse-drawn hansom cab is seen waiting for the parade to pass
 
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