Image of Count Zeppelin's commission, from Provost Marshal General's office, Army of the Potomac, March 21,1863. Count Zeppelin posing with fellow officers behind a Union Army field piece. Zeppelin's hand made model of a rigid dirigible. Count Zeppelin visiting floating hangar where his first rigid dirigible is assembled, on Lake Constance, Friedrichshaffen,Germany.
Count Zeppelin at controls looks out of rigid dirigible LZ1, as it attempts first flight , July 2, 1900, over Lake Constance (Bodensee). Scenes of LZ1 ascending.
Views of monuments and famous landmarks in Berlin Germany. Brandenburg Gate and Quadriga atop the Gate. Pedestrian, horse, and vehicle traffic near the gates. Traffic along the Unter Den Linden boulevard. Monuments of Berlin including war heroes, Victory Column, and then a view of the Equestrian Statue of Friedrich II. Also seen is statue in Siegesallee created by sculptor Reinhold Begas (and likely August Krauss) in 1900, commemorating German Emperor William I. Bust on the left of the William I statue commemorates Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, and the bust on the right is of Otto von Bismarck. Next is scene of statue of President Paul von Hindenburg. Group of school children in lines walking in the city. An organized line of people processing near the Brandenburg Gate, as seen from high in a building nearby.
The world struggle for oil is depicted. Oil production of the United States is compared with that of other countries. Relative production in 1900 is shown. A political map of the United States. A dot in some states represents 1 % of the world's production whereas a cross in other states represents less than 1 % of the world production. A map shows Russia, Germany, Italy, Galicia, Roumania and other neighboring countries. A box on the map shows Japan with a cross. Another map shows India, Tibet, Afghanistan and their neighboring countries. Still another map shows countries of South America. Evolution of internal combustion engines, whereby gasoline is used, is shown using diagrams.
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.