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Black Diamond Express No. 1 of the Lehigh Valley Railroad

A crew is busy working on rails of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The foreman sees steam locomotive approaching rapidly and directs crew off the tracks. He waves handkerchief as the train speeds past. (Edison Company, 1900)

Date: 1900, May
Duration: 29 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
A crowd watches a parade along a street during a Pennsylvania Day Celebration in Washington, Pennsylvania.

A parade during Pennsylvania Day on the National Pike in Washington, Pennsylvania. A crowd watches the parade in front of a county courthouse, an F.W. Woolworth Store, and a Keystone Stores Food Market. Floats and vehicles pass along the street, with displays of early road vehicles and wagons. Floats depictions include 'Claysville, PA' with a tollgate, 'U.S. 40...Old Indian Trail', 'One of the original Conestoga Wagons...Brownsville, PA', 'Centerville, PA', and 'Ben Reynolds and Company..established 1900...First effort to whitewash poles on national pike between Washington and Claysville. Made by this group in 1912..Ben Reynold, George Thompson, E.S. McLeod and others' Notables include U.S. Secretary of Labor James J. Davis, Senator Frank J. Harris and State Treasurer General Edward Martin.

Date: 1930, September 29
Duration: 3 min 39 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Immigrants to America working in various hard labor jobs and factories early in the 20th century.

View from front of a steam locomotive as it speeds along a track. Men stacking lumber beside a canal in Maine in the early 1900s. The mill and stacks of lumber seen across the canal. Miners at a coal mine ride an open car full of coal as it emerges from a mine in West Virginia, as seen from camera riding on same coal car. Glimpse, from a passing train, of a steel mill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Immigrants to the United States, from various European countries, at work. Men in factories; working at a power forge in a steel mill; Lumber operations: Men cutting down large trees with hand axes and sawing logs for timber in a forest; Butchers moving sides of beef in a meat packing company. Women working in a metal parts factory (appears to be a sink faucet manufacturing company); women working in a textile spinning mill operation and stacking moving machine shelves with spools. A hose set up from a fire hydrant spraying water in a city street and children running underneath to play and cool off in summertime. Montage of various still and moving images: Immigrant children in classrooms and in school yards. A woman instructing new adult immigrants in an English language instruction class. Immigrant workers engaged in skyscraper construction, high in the air without safety equipment. An iron worker perched atop a vertical steel beam with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. A woman posing on a horizontal bar. Men and women posing in the surf at a beach. Beachgoers watching as a group of men create a human pyramid. A little girl with her feet in the surf. Boys in a classroom, with two of them dirty from work and another boy sleeping with his head on his desk. Mothers and fathers asking about what the children learned in school. A young girl leading a group of school children in reciting the pledge of allegiance. A young girl employed in a fabric mill (child labor).

Date: 1910
Duration: 2 min 34 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Glimpses into a book entitled "builders of Hawaii." Highlights in Hawaiian history. Portrait of Sanford Ballard Dole.

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.

Date: 1937
Duration: 2 min 50 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Early railroad construction, canal boat usage, and road paving in the United States.

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.

Date: 1927
Duration: 5 min 24 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: Spanish
 
 
Men leave their homes for work and emerging businesses housed in offices like the Fendall Building in Washington DC

A 1920's film on advances in transportation depicts men walking to work in the early 1900s. Footage is 1920s, but actors are wearing very early 1900's fashions and depicting that earlier period. A man and a woman stand at their urban house house doorstep as the man prepares to leave for work. Women on their doorsteps of their houses after men leave. Men walking to work. Camera slowly pans from street level upward showing the Fendall Building, a law office building, at the corner of Indiana Avenue and 4 1/2 Street NW, Washington, DC (which is now 300 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington DC. That address was later the site of the "Municipal Center Building" and today is the site of the Henry J. Daly Building that houses the Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters. The Fendall Building was torn down in 1931-1932). Dramatized view of workers and officials entering and leaving the Fendall Building via a stair into a door with sign "Fendall Building" above the door.

Date: 1927
Duration: 1 min 11 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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