IImmigrants to America from Eastern Europe, around the turn of the 20th Century. Reenacted scene as a woman dances. Immigrants crowded into a hall. Arriving immigrants pose for camera. Actual footage from the first few years of the 1900s (approximately 1905 or 1906) of a street car traveling along a track on Market Street in San Francisco, California, with early automobile cars and another street car crossing in front of it. The San Francisco Ferry Building clock tower on the Embarcadero is seen in the distance. Recreation scenes of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Actual footage of the aftermath of the earthquake, with San Francisco residents walking on a streets in front of a destroyed building. Partial signs are seen on the corner of the building that read "...Standard Paint" and "The Lowe...." Next scene shows views of buildings and fountains at the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.
Earliest motion pictures captured at the turn of the 20th century in Europe. Berlin 1895: Otto Von Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany, addresses Germans about the need for 'blood and iron'. Large crowd gathered at a Berlin square to hear him. England, 1903: The future Prince of Wales plays with his brother Albert and sister Mary at the Winter Castle. The two boys hold toy guns. Moscow, 1907: Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, at a gathering with military officials and other dignitaries. A large crowd outside the palace. Germany, 1910: Kaiser Wilhelm II along with other military officials at an orphanage. Children put up a show for the German Emperor. Orphan children posing with the Kaiser.
View of a book entitled "Builders of Hawaii." A hand opens it to several different places, revealing photos of persons who played roles in the early development of Hawaii. Also revealed are pages from the newspaper "Commercial Advertiser" reporting that flags changed as "Hawaii becomes the first outpost of Greater America" and "Old Glory is the new flag of the Hawaiian Islands." (This refers to the establishment of the Territory of Hawaii, under the U.S. Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900.) A portrait of Sanford Ballard Dole is shown. (He was the President of the Republic of Hawaii, 1894-1900, and its first Territorial Governor, 1900-1903.) Views of the Hawaiian State Archives Building, on the grounds of the Iolani Palace, in Honolulu. A plaque honoring Captain James Cook. Views of visitors inside an exhibit that includes a reproduction of an early Hawaiian cottage.
An early experiment in motion picture film making. Film about Bombardment of Taku (aka Dagu) forts, on June 17, 1900, by Allied fleets,during the Boxer Rebellion in China. It is staged with models of battleships, and filmed in 1900, by the Edison Company. Model ships move across water contained within a model of that coastal area of China. Some are white and some black. At first they simply scurry back and forth. But they later assemble to begin firing at the Chinese land forts. A chinese Junk gets caught in the action and flees. Explosions on "land" raise much smoke and those from defenders cause white smoke and large splashes in water. Many explosions are set off with lots of smoke. The Russian ship "Gilyakwas" seen on fire and sinking.
Improvements in transportation in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Men riding on the front of a locomotive that is underway. Railroad construction crews driving spikes to hold rails as railroads expand in the United States during westward expansion. Animated map shows path of early railroads. A large steam locomotive passes. A canal boat being pulled by animals on a tow path (possibly Erie Canal?). A horse drawn wagon on a dirt road and in front of a log cabin. A mule drawn wagon on a muddy, ruddy road. A very early race car, bearing number 13, starts a race. A broken car being pulled by mules through a muddy and rutted road. An early steam shovel and steam roller in operation building and improving roads. Early automobiles on newly paved roads. A bus or streetcar powered by overhead cables travels down a road. A pastoral farm scene. Early congested roads with buses and trucks. Wide shots of industrialized towns in the early 1900s.
People stroll the grounds of the Paris Exposition, in 1900. Huge gardens and paths. The paths are lined with numerous chairs upon which only several people can be seen sitting. Women carrying parasols and wearing hats. The Palace of Electricity has large display of water fountains in front of it. The Eiffel Tower dominates the grounds.