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Raising Old Glory over Morro Castle

SUMMARY From The Phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15: Down goes the Spanish flag, and up floats the Stars and Stripes. Down falls the symbol of tyranny and oppression that has ruled in the new world for four hundred years, and up goes the Banner of Freedom. In the distance are the turrets and battlements of Morro, the last foothold of Spain in America. (C. Musser, Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 482) NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 4Feb1899; 10651. Original main title lacking. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, the film was made by Vitagraph producers and Edison licensees J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith, then submitted as a negative to Edison's Kinetograph Dept., which copyrighted and distributed the title. (Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 481-482) Date is copyright and production date; unable to verify if work was ever actually released. Camera, J. Stuart Blackton and/or Albert E. Smith. Materials listed originate from the print chosen best copy for digitization; for other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. Filmed ca. Jan. 2, 1899, on Vitagraph's rooftop studio in New York City, in front of a painted backdrop of Morro Castle. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985. SUBJECTS Castillo del Morro (Havana, Cuba) Flags--United States. Flags--Spain. Spanish-American War, 1898--Campaigns--Cuba. Spanish-American War, 1898--Flags. Military occupation. Havana (Cuba)--History, Military--19th century. Historical reenactments (Motion pictures) Short films. Silent films. Nonfiction films. RELATED NAMES Blackton, James Stuart, 1875-1941, camera, production. Smith, Albert E., camera, production. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Vitagraph Company of America. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) CALL NUMBER FLA 4046 (ref print) FRA 1233 (dupe neg) LC 1032 (paper pos) DIGITAL ID sawmp 1032 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.1032
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