SUMMARY The entire film was photographed from an excursion vessel traveling through all of the waterways surrounding the Exposition. The major exhibit buildings and amusement attractions of the fair can be seen as the boat makes its way through the area, going through tunnels and under bridges. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: A TRIP AROUND THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Ungeprueft [code for telegraphic orders]. The Pan-American Exposition is encircled by an especially constructed canal, which was put in for the purpose of allowing the tourist to view the exterior of the buildings of the Pan-American Exposition with as little fatigue as possible. It is called the Grand Canal, is over a mile in length and extends around the central group of large buildings. Winding lagoons connecting with the canal branch off in all directions. The Mirror Lakes in the Southern portion of the canal form a picturesque feature and add ten fold interest to this picture. The electric launches which make the trip around the exposition, and which are controlled by the Venice in America Co., represent the climax of comfort and elegance. The ride is a refreshing one with charming views at every turn. Romantic bridges span the waterway at convenient points, statuary placed everywhere contribute to the picturesque effect. The above named picture was secured by special permission of Mr. Burgee, of the Venice in America Co., and our picture was made from the bow of an especially chartered electric launch which made the trip for us at a high rate of speed. We give below as near as possible a detailed description of the different points of interest as they are recorded by the camera, and just as they are viewed by the visitor himself in making the trip in one of these exquisite launches. Part 3: Here we pass directly under the Colonnades into the submarine water channel and through what is known as the Grotto. The effect of running from an open lake into a beautiful tunnel decorated with tropical foliage of all description is most novel. After passing through this grotto, which consumes about one minute of time, the west end of Mirror Lake suddenly comes into view, and we pass out on to the open waters of the lake where we are presented with an entirely new and enchanting panorama of the west side of the Exposition. The launch continues on this course taking in the north bank of the West Mirror Lake with the west pergola in the background, and passing the Mines Building, the Esplanade Fountains, the Horticultural Exhibits, the Southwest Midway, under the beautiful bridge which forms the main approach to West Midway from the Esplanade, and turning suddenly to the northward runs under a bridge of Venetian architecture, and finally merges into the Streets of Old Venice. This is the end of the trip around the Exposition and the climax of the picture. Great crowds are assembled in the Streets of Old Venice and one can imagine himself to be in reality floating through the old European city of canals. In this entire picture we present a most diversified panorama. The constant turns of the canal and the many bridges which span it furnish the audience with something new to look at during almost every second of the trip. Length 625 feet. $93.75. We also furnish this picture in strips of: 200 ft. Ungewalkt 30.00 300 ft. Ungewandt. 45.00 400 ft. Ungeweicht. 60.00 500 ft. Ungewitter. 75.00 NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 8Jun1901; H4968. Location: Buffalo, New York. SUBJECTS Pan-American Exposition--(1901 :--Buffalo, N.Y.) Exhibitions--United States. Amusement rides--New York (State)--Buffalo. Exhibition buildings--New York (State)--Buffalo. Buffalo (N.Y.) Actuality--Short. RELATED NAMES Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID lcmp001 09564s1 09564s2 09564s3 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp001.09564
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