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Opening the Williamsburg Bridge

SUMMARY The film was shot on the roadway of the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge. The first people to come into view are press photographers carrying large wooden "box" cameras [Frame: 0690]. Next, a parade of dignitaries and military representatives, accompanied by members of the press [1310], is photographed passing the camera position led by a standard bearer whose banner reads "MAYOR" [0902]. The mayor of New York was Seth Low, a lame-duck at the time of filming, having been defeated in November, 1903 by George B. McClellan. The Williamsburg Bridge, a combined cantilever and suspension bridge, crosses the East River from Delancey and Clinton Streets, Manhattan, to Roebling and S. 5th Streets, Williamsburg. Built at a cost of twelve million dollars, it held two lanes of roadway, two "L" tracks, four trolley tracks, and two promenades. It was the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time. OTHER TITLES Copyright title: Opening the Williamsburg Bridge [New York City] CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Feb1904; H42039. Camera, G.W. ""Billy"" Bitzer. Photographed December 19, 1903. Location: East River, New York, N.Y. SUBJECTS Williamsburg Bridge (New York, N.Y.) Bridges--New York (State)--New York. Parades--New York (State)--New York. Photojournalists--New York (State)--New York. Press--New York (State)--New York. East River (N.Y.) Actuality--Short. RELATED NAMES Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID lcmp002 m2b06704
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