Thomas A. Edison
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Tesla (2016) - Short Film
Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century. Although eclipsed in fame by Edison and Marconi, it was Tesla's vision that paved the way for today's wireless world. His fertile but undisciplined imagination was the source of his genius but also his downfall, as the image of Tesla as a mad scientist came to overshadow his reputation as a brilliant innovator.
Westinghouse (2008) - Direct-to-Video
Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Telsa and conflict with Thomas Edison. George Westinghouse is considered America's greatest industrialist and the only man who would go up against Thomas Edison, and win. (imdb)
Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (1940) - Short Film
A nostalgic, slightly syrupy tour through the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco by way of archive footage and a chuckling narrator. Among the famous faces that pop up include Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford. (imdb)
A Day with Thomas A. Edison (1922) - Short Film
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. (memory.loc.gov)
Electrocuting an Elephant (1903) - Short Film
This is a film taken of the execution of Topsy, an elephant employed to help build Luna Park on Coney Island. She had killed three men, including a drunken spectator who fed her a cigarette. Cyanide-laced carrots fed to her by park officials failed, and the ASPCA forbade a hanging. Thomas Edison, meanwhile, had been publicly killing dogs and cats with AC power to show that his DC power was more effective and less dangerous. (imdb)
The Gordon Sisters Boxing (1901) - Short Film
The champion lady boxers of the world. Shows two female pugilists who are really clever. They engage in a hot one-round sparring bout. A park, with marble entrance and walk, and beautiful trees and shrubbery, make a very pleasing background. The exhibition is very lively from start to finish; the blows fall thick and fast, and some very clever pugilistic generalship is shown. (imdb)
The Trick Cyclist (1901) - Short Film
Shows a tramp enter and try to ride a wheel, from which he makes some very ludicrous falls and gives up in despair, after which an artist enters and jumps rope on a wheel. A very laughable subject. (imdb)
Pan-American Exposition by Night (1901) - Short Film
A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric illumination of the Exposition grounds at night. After a great deal of experimenting and patience, we succeeded in securing an excellent picture of the buildings at the Pan-American as they appeared when lighted up at night... (imdb)
President McKinley Taking the Oath (1901) - Short Film
Footage of McKinley taking the oath of office in 1901.
Panorama of Wreckage of Water Front (1900) - Short Film
This picture shows the remains of one of the docks, several freight cars being piled one upon the other, while the most interesting part of the picture shows two schooners literally smashed one into the other, forming a most picturesque mass of wreckage. (memory.loc.gov)
Panoramic View of Tremont Hotel, Galveston (1900) - Short Film
This picture shows several buildings which were wrecked and also shows a rear view of this hotel, which is on the highest point of land in Galveston, and in which several thousand people were saved. (memory.loc.gov)
Panoramic View of the Champs Elysees (1900) - Short Film
Filmed in July 1900, on the Champs Elysées in Paris, France. (memory.loc.gov)
Panoramic View of the Place de la Concorde (1900) - Short Film
Taken from an automobile. This picture was taken during the fashionable driving hour, making a complete circle of the Place de la Concorde, passing hundreds of carriages and busses. The beginning of the picture shows the historical church of the Madeleine in the background, the picture ending by approaching and running under the main entrance to the Paris Exposition. (memory.loc.gov)
The Kiss (1900) - Short Film
A couple of young lovers smooch for the camera in this, another early kiss film from Edison and company.
Panoramic View of Newport (1900) - Short Film
Possibly the sensation of the flight of a bird can be nearest realized by being on deck of one of the U.S. Government's fleet torpedo boats racing at its highest speed through the water. This picture was taken under these conditions and shows the beautiful scenery comprising the harbor of Newport, R. I. In the foreground, the spray of the vessel and the foam on the water gives a fair idea of the rapidity at which this boat is moving. (memory.loc.gov)
Cripple Creek Bar-Room Scene (1899) - Short Film
This was another very brief Edison film that I discovered on the Internet Archive site. Supposedly the first movie western, Cripple Creek Bar-Room Scene has no horses, no guns, and no fistfights.(imdb)
Bicycle Trick Riding, No. 2 (1899) - Short Film
"'Neidert, of national fame, does stunts on his wheel that are simply wonderful. Makes his bicycle rear up, and rides around the stage on his back wheel; besides a lot of other easy things, such as riding on one pedal and riding backward, seated on the handlebars."
Charity Ball (1897) - Short Film
A Victorian couple dancing.
Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory (1897) - Short Film
Edison working in his lab, mixing chemicals.
Arrest in Chinatown, San Francisco, Cal. (1897) - Short Film
Filmed in 1897 by Thomas Edison Company
Admiral Cigarette (1897) - Short Film
A commercial. Four men sit in animated conversation in front of a billboard for Admiral Cigarettes. The billboard fills the entire background. Beside them is a large box, also marked Admiral. The men are a social cross section: one wears a feathered headdress, another a military outfit, a third striped pants like Uncle Sam, and the fourth (with pork-chop whiskers) is in a suit, vest, tie, and hat. Suddenly, the box pops open and a man emerges in Napoleonic admiralty garb: he hands out cigarettes
Feeding the Doves (1896) - Short Film
A woman and a young girl each carry containers of bird feed, and they toss occasional handfuls to the chickens and doves in the farmyard. Most of the chickens stay nearby, but the doves occasionally fly off and then return to eat more.