SUMMARY According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film shows the S.S. "Queen" loading, rather than the S.S. "Williamette" referred to in the Edison films catalog summary. From Edison films catalog: This was the first ship sailing for the Klondike from Seattle during the gold rush of 1897. The picture shows the excitement and enthusiasm that attended the great Klondike exodus. Crowds of anxious gold seekers watch the loading of their outfits, clothing, kits and provisions into the hole of the "Williamette." 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Northern Pacific Railway Series" (Edison films catalog): The following pictures were taken by our artists at various points on the Northern Pacific Railway. We are greatly indebted to their officials who afforded us every opportunity in their power to obtain these splendid views. Many of the scenes are incident to the excitement prevailing at the time of the Klondike gold rush. They show the resources of this company for handling large numbers of people, baggage, freight and excursion parties, and give to prospective tourists and merchants an idea of the facilities with which this road handles traffic of all kinds (p. 9). CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1897. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60553. Filmed August 6, 1897, in Seattle, Washington. SUBJECTS Steamboats--Washington (State)--Seattle. Gold mines and mining--Transportation. Gold miners--Transportation. Klondike River Valley (Yukon)--Gold discoveries. Loading and unloading--Washington (State)--Seattle. Docks--Washington (State)--Seattle. Harbors--Washington (State)--Seattle. Ships--Washington (State)--Seattle. Seattle (Wash.) Actuality RELATED NAMES White, James H. (James Henry), production. Blechynden, Frederick, camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID edmp.0017 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.0017
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