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.
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.
Several members of an organization parade on horseback on a street in New York City. They wear sashes displaying a small emblem, and are followed by a large uniformed brass band. Spectators line the sidewalks to watch. (Probably created by Edison Company cinematographers when they photographed many New York City scenes with a portable camera, in 1896)