Thomas Alva Edison works in his laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey. The laboratory includes a machine shop, phonograph and photograph departments, a library and ancillary buildings for metallurgy, chemistry, woodworking and galvanometer testing. Edison works with some chemicals in his laboratory. He is performing an experiment.
Native American Indian dancers from the Buffalo Bill Wild West show, perform the Sioux Ghost Dance, as recorded by Edison Company at the Black Maria Studio in West Orange, New Jersey. (Reportedly this is the first instance of Native American Indians appearing in a motion picture.)
Young people engage in a husking bee. Three women sit near a stable, putting corn into baskets. A girl and man join them, the man pushing a wheel barrel with the girl aboard. As the group husks the corn, a young man finds the "red ear" entitling him to kiss a girl, which he does. She protests and hits him with a corn cob. (Edison Studio, 1898)
A man in a gorilla costume attacks another man in bed in the United States. A man sleeping in his bed. Another man in a gorilla costume pulls bed-sheet cover of the sleeping man. The man wakes up and looks around the room and under the bed. The costume man attacks from behind and gets under the bed. The man jumps out of his bed as he sees the man in gorilla costume. The man in gorilla costume attacks the man. They both fight with each other. The man tries to subdue the costume man. (Edison Studio, 1898)
Scene from fight between professional boxers Mike Leonard and Jack Cushing, staged at the Edison Studio in West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.. Several spectators in background.
Scene from fight between James J. Corbett, former champion of the world (AKA "Gentleman Jim" Corbett) and Peter Courtney, staged and recorded at the Edison Studio in West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A..