Historic Buffalo President McKinley Speech Film

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

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…

Historic Buffalo Spanish Dancers Pan-American Exposition Film

What Dance Created a “Furor” at the Pan-American Exposition?

The alternate title for this film is “Gypsy Dance at the Pan-American Exposition”. This film was created by Thomas Edison’s film company, Thomas Edison, Inc. The film company catalog describes this film: The picture was taken in the Gypsy tent at the Pan-American Exposition and shows ten beautiful Gypsy girls executing the famous Gypsy dance…

Historic Buffalo Pan-American Exposition Night Film 1901

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

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…

Historic Buffalo Trip Around Pan-American Exposition Film

Take a Trip along the Grand Canal at the Pan-American Exposition

Thanks to Thomas Edison and his moving picture camera, audiences can experience the Pan-American Exposition a century after the exposition ended. In May 1901, Edison mounted a camera to the bow of a boat and filmed the boat’s trip along the exposition’s Grand Canal, as described in the Edison film company catalog: The Pan-American Exposition…