Today in History: September 5 – President McKinley’s Last Speech

Pan-American Exposition

Thomas Edison filmed President William McKinley’s last public speech, given at the Pan-American Exposition on September 5, 1901. The Edison film company catalog describes the film: “In this picture we present a wonderful and life-like likeness of President McKinley. He first walks upon the platform, escorting Mrs. McKinley, whom he very reverently shows to a …

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Buffalo in Film: “The Pan-American Exposition by Night” (1901)

Pan-American Exposition

Buffalo’s 1901 Pan-American Exposition was impressive during the day — but it seemed truly magical at night. To demonstrate an additional use for electricity, the exposition’s organizers used 240,000 eight watt incandescent light bulbs (and power generated by Niagara Falls) to illuminate the buildings at night. The Electric Tower was outfitted with 44,000 bulbs; a …

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