- Title: CF779
Early film 1890s-1900s
Street scene. Cars and buses. Horses and carriages, pedestrians, official building in the background. Shot of official building. Shot of roundabout and landmark.
VS of New York from the water. Shots of Statue of Liberty. Shot of New York from boat travelling across water. Shot of official building from the water. Shot of austere building, a prison?
Very dark shot of a busy street with neon signs. New York City. Hard to make out. Same shot more in focus. A neon sign “The Palace” is visible. Nice shot of a neon sign “The New York Edison Company”. Very dark night time shot of main street. Short clip of same shot but brighter with all the neon signs visible.
People walking down a busy street
Workers on construction site. Shot of building being torn down. HA shots of workers staring into camera. Shot of policemen staring into camera.
Shot of crowd of people rushing over a bridge. Very busy crowd. People pushing each other.
A daytime street scene. A horse and carriage go past. Pan shot of people walking down the street past shops. Horse and carriage goes past. CU of man smoking with two children next to him. Shot of train going past slowly.
Title card for Ford Motor Company “America at play. Have you ever been to Coney? No? Well then you’ve missed half of the fun in this old world for Coney is where they manufacture Fun in large packages or small for grown ups or growing ups...It’s the place to play for a day”. WS of street on Coney island. Crowds of people walking down a street. Same shot sped up. Shot of people in boaters and holiday clothes walking past. A boy and girl eating toffee apples. Brief shot of fairground. Amazing looking fairground ride rollercoaster. CU of rollercoaster with elephant coming into shot. Children getting into the ride.
Shot filmed from rollercoaster type fairground ride. Shots of various turn of the century Coney island rides, including The Whip.
Title card ‘Ngono and her people’. Shanghai 1903. Busy street scene with people on horseback and people in rickshaws.
Title card ‘The Ch-ien-men Gate, Pekin 1902’. Beijing 1902. Poor quality footage of street scene.
‘Shanghai street Scene Thomas A. Edison 1898’. Street with rickshaws going past. Western man in hat salutes to the camera. Shot of single wheel Chinese wheelbarrow. Title cards. Shot of road and more single wheel Chinese wheelbarrows.
Shoot the Chutes Series Thomas A. Edison 1899. Shot of people in boat saluting to camera, with Shoot the Chute ride in the background. Boats going down the Shoot the Chute slide one after the other. Nice shot from the top of the slide. A man smiles and stands up in the boat as it goes down the ride. Shot taken from the front of the boat as it goes up the ride and then down. Shot of spectators looking on.
Shooting the Chutes, Luna Park, Coney Island 1903. Not brilliant quality footage of the Shoot the Chute ride. Boats going up and coming down again.
Slide For Life, Luna Park, Coney island 1903. Nice clip of two female trapeze acrobats doing tricks.
- Keywords:EARLY FILM, 1890 1900S NEW YORK, THOMAS EDISON, THOMAS A. EDISON, CONEY ISLAND, FAIRGROUND RIDES, AMUSEMENT PARK, CHINA, STREET SCENES.
- Master Title:CF779