Arrival of Tongkin Train (1901)

Documentary | 24 October 1901

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HISTORY

The Biograph catalog summarized this film as follows: "Showing the arrival of a Chinese passenger train at the station."
       The U.S. Library of Congress catalog, using the title Arrival of Train, Tien-Tsin, gives the following description: "The camera was located above the platform in a railway station, looking down on the track. Approaching the camera position is a locomotive pulling several freight cars, passenger cars, etc. Many people are on the platform awaiting the arrival of the train."
       See also other Tientsin films, including The French Bridge; French Bridge, Tien-Tsin; On the Pei-Ho; An Oriental Highway; Street Scene, Tientsin (China); The Taku Road; Tien-Tsin; and The War in China--Ruin of Tien-Tsin (all 1901).
       The American Mutoscope Company was co-founded in Dec 1895 by former Edison Manufacturing Company inventor William K. L. Dickson (who left Edison in Apr of that year), fellow inventors Herman Casler and Harry Marvin, and businessman Elias Koopman. Their Mutoscope, which originally made flip-card peep show movies, soon rivaled Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope (see Edison Kinetoscopic Records for 1893). In the summer of 1896, when Edison introduced the Vitascope 35mm projector, American Mutoscope immediately came out with its own 68mm projector that offered a superior image. In 1899, the company changed its name to the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, then shortened it nine years later to the Biograph Company. ... More Less

The Biograph catalog summarized this film as follows: "Showing the arrival of a Chinese passenger train at the station."
       The U.S. Library of Congress catalog, using the title Arrival of Train, Tien-Tsin, gives the following description: "The camera was located above the platform in a railway station, looking down on the track. Approaching the camera position is a locomotive pulling several freight cars, passenger cars, etc. Many people are on the platform awaiting the arrival of the train."
       See also other Tientsin films, including The French Bridge; French Bridge, Tien-Tsin; On the Pei-Ho; An Oriental Highway; Street Scene, Tientsin (China); The Taku Road; Tien-Tsin; and The War in China--Ruin of Tien-Tsin (all 1901).
       The American Mutoscope Company was co-founded in Dec 1895 by former Edison Manufacturing Company inventor William K. L. Dickson (who left Edison in Apr of that year), fellow inventors Herman Casler and Harry Marvin, and businessman Elias Koopman. Their Mutoscope, which originally made flip-card peep show movies, soon rivaled Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope (see Edison Kinetoscopic Records for 1893). In the summer of 1896, when Edison introduced the Vitascope 35mm projector, American Mutoscope immediately came out with its own 68mm projector that offered a superior image. In 1899, the company changed its name to the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, then shortened it nine years later to the Biograph Company. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
AMB Picture Catalogue
Nov 1902
p. 142.
BIOB1
p. 68.
BPL
pp. 114-115.
EMP
p. 13.
LCMP
p. 3, column 3.
LCPP
p. 274.
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Arrival of Train, Tien-Tsin
Release Date:
24 October 1901
Copyright Claimant:
American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.
Copyright Date:
23 May 1902
Copyright Number:
H18044
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
27 , 150
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A Chinese passenger train arrives at the station at Tientsin, ... +


A Chinese passenger train arrives at the station at Tientsin, China.
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Sub-genre:
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