Opening the Williamsburg Bridge

The film was shot on the roadway of the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge. The first people to come into view are press photographers carrying large wooden "box" cameras. Next, a parade of dignitaries and military representatives, accompanied by members of the press, is photographed pa...

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Bibliographic Details
Corporate Author: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Other Authors: Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944 (camera.)
Format: Electronic Video
Language:English
Published: United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904.
Series:New York at the turn of the century
American history in video
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Summary:The film was shot on the roadway of the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge. The first people to come into view are press photographers carrying large wooden "box" cameras. Next, a parade of dignitaries and military representatives, accompanied by members of the press, is photographed passing the camera position led by a standard bearer whose banner reads "MAYOR". The mayor of New York was Seth Low, a lame-duck at the time of filming, having been defeated in November, 1903 by George B. McClellan. The Williamsburg Bridge, a combined cantilever and suspension bridge, crosses the East River from Delancey and Clinton Streets, Manhattan, to Roebling and S. 5th Streets, Williamsburg. Built at a cost of twelve million dollars, it held two lanes of roadway, two "L" tracks, four trolley tracks, and two promenades. It was the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time.
Item Description:Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Feb1904; H42039.
Original duration: 0:55 at 15 fps.
Previously published as DVD.
Physical Description:1 online resource (1 min.).
Production Credits:Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.