SUMMARY The title indicates that this film was taken from a balloon. However, there is no aerial photography. Instead it is an up and down or elevation of the camera on the then-famous Electric Tower built for the Exposition at Buffalo, New York. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER FROM A BALLOON. Unhabile [code for telegraphic orders]. Here we have recorded a very novel scene, the camera having been placed in the basket of the captive balloon at the Pan-American Exposition. It was then slowly elevated to the top of the Tower, a distance of 465 feet, and slowly lowered until it reached the ground, keeping the Tower in view all the time during the ascent and descent, ending with a very interesting view of the base of the Tower, with crowds of people passing to and fro. Class B 75 ft. $9.00 NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 14Aug1901; H7634. Camera: Edwin S. Porter, James H. White. Location: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York. SUBJECTS Pan-American Exposition--(1901 :--Buffalo, N.Y.) Exhibitions--United States. Towers--New York (State)--Buffalo. Exhibition buildings--New York (State)--Buffalo. Amusement rides--New York (State)--Buffalo. Buffalo (N.Y.) Actuality--Short. RELATED NAMES Porter, Edwin S., camera. White, James H. (James Henry), camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID lcmp001 m1a34478 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp001.m1a34478
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