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This collection contains films of New York dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining films are Edison Company productions.

This collection contains forty-three rare, actuality motion pictures made between 1898 and 1906 in New York City. Actuality films capture real, day-to-day events of the time. Two early film companies produced these motion pictures which were viewed by the public in nickelodeons.

The collection also contains two films that use actors and a contrived plot; the novelty "What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City," and the melodrama "The Skyscrapers of New York." The dramatic motion pictures were included in the collection because they contain some actuality footage.

The collection highlights the urbanization of New York City at the turn-of-the-century. Some films document the start of the construction boom that would last thirty years in the city.

The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 Library of Congress

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This collection contains films of New York dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining films are Edison Company productions.

This collection contains forty-three rare, actuality motion pictures made between 1898 and 1906 in New York City. Actuality films capture real, day-to-day events of the time. Two early film companies produced these motion pictures which were viewed by the public in nickelodeons.

The collection also contains two films that use actors and a contrived plot; the novelty "What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City," and the melodrama "The Skyscrapers of New York." The dramatic motion pictures were included in the collection because they contain some actuality footage.

The collection highlights the urbanization of New York City at the turn-of-the-century. Some films document the start of the construction boom that would last thirty years in the city.

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    Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty

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    Panorama water front and Brooklyn Bridge from East River

    Panorama water front and Brooklyn Bridge from East River

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    Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River

    Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River

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    Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y.

    Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y.

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    Emigrants [i.e. immigrants] landing at Ellis Island

    Emigrants [i.e. immigrants] landing at Ellis Island

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    Arrival of emigrants [i.e. immigrants], Ellis Island

    Arrival of emigrants [i.e. immigrants], Ellis Island

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