First Avenue, Seattle, Washington, no. 8 /
"Taken during the Klondike excitement. The streets are crowded with miners buying outfits and supplies. Mule trains, trolley cars and hurrying pedestrians give life and bustle to the scene. 50 feet."--Edison films catalog.
"Northern Pacific Railway Series. The following pictures were taken by our artists at various points on the Northern Pacific Railway. We are greatly indebted to their officials who afforded us every opportunity in their power to obtain these splendid views. Many of the scenes are incident to the excitement prevailing at the time of the Klondike gold rush. They show the resources of this company for handling large numbers of people, baggage, freight and excursion parties, and give to prospective tourists and merchants an idea of the facilities with which this road handles traffic of all kinds"--Edison films catalog.
60554 U.S. Copyright Office
Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60554.
According to Edison motion pictures, 1894-1900, the film was almost certainly taken on First Avenue rather than Fifth Avenue, as appears in the Edison films catalog.
Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps.
Camera, Frederick Blechynden.
Paper print shelf number (LC 1021) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
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Filmed ca. August 6-9, 1897, in Seattle, Washington.
Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 323; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 106; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 9 [MI].
Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FPE 9566 to FZA 2792.