Amy Muller, a vaudeville toe dancer performs a routine. She holds her elevated foot in her hand and pirouettes on one toe. She performs a somersault. Filmed, March 24, 1896, at the Edison Black Maria studio in New Jersey.
May Irwin and John Rice (AKA Beatrice Byke and Billy Bilke) reenact a scene from the New York stage comedy, The widow Jones, in which they starred. They get ready to kiss and finally do. Filmed at Edison's Black Maria studio in New Jersey.
The 1946 Golden Jubilee Parade celebrating the auto industry, in Detroit Michigan. A large crowd of approximately 750 thousand people watches from sidelines as antique automobiles drive past in the parade, along Woodward Avenue. The parade features a wide variety of antique and classic cars dating from as far back as the 19th century. Several jeeps carry persons, standing, who seem to be supervising the event. On a couple of occasions, cars stall and drivers must get out and hand crank them to restart, or push to get them running again. Some occupants are in costumes dating to the time of their cars. A Ford tractor pulls a float containing a Ford Fordson tractor. Another drives behind them. That is followed by a float showing the world and a message, "More food for a hungry world." The float also carries three men shoveling in a bread basket and a Ford tractor. A float carries the 999 race car built by Henry Ford, that set world speed records when driven by race driver Barney Oldfield. A 1946 Lincoln Continental that is possibly carrying Henry Ford, is followed by a large brass band, and more antique cars. A small brick building is seen on a float with a sign reading: "1896, The Original Ford car in First Workshop, 58 Bagley Avenue." The next float carries a 1940 Ford Station wagon, and a 1903 model Ford. Behind it are more antique cars. One stalls and need a push to restart. Scene changes to new perspective offering wider view of Woodward avenue, which is lined with tall Golden Jubilee signs. A pause in the parade allows spectators to spill into the street and some buses to pass. Closeups of more antique cars and their occupants. Closeups of the 1896 Ford workshop, showing the original Ford car inside, through a cutaway in the brick side.
Chicken thieves. One man walks behind a hen house with a sack in his hands. Another man from the window drops a chicken into the sack. The two men look around as they steal, then one walks away with the sack containing stolen chickens. The other man jumps out of the window with a chicken in his hands. Two farmers chase them, one carrying a scythe and the other a gun, which he shoots. (Edison Studio, 1896)
Firemen race down Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, in fire wagons, pulled by horses. They arrive at a multistory building on fire. Huge plumes of black smoke belch from their pumper apparatus. Firemen place a ladder against the building, and direct water from a hose onto fire in second story of the building, adjacent to the ladder. A commercial sign (Restaurant?) hangs in front of the section of the building where the fire is located. Trees along the boulevard are bare. Spectators are few. The area contains large vacant lots interspersed between several large buildings. A man on a bicycle rides alongside the fire wagons. (Edison Company, 1896.)
Early motion picture of Herald Square, in New York City. A couple of uniformed policemen direct traffic. Many pedestrians on the sidewalks. Several electric trolley cars drive about and a horse-drawn trolley is also seen. Filmed by Edison Company May 11, 1896, in New York City.