President Theodore Roosevelt in San Francisco

Early Motion Pictures

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The President's carriage

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United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.


H32392 U.S. Copyright Office

Copyright: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company; 4Jun1903; H32392.

Duration: 1:37 at 15 fps.

Camera, H.J. Miles.

Photographed: May 12, 1903. Location: San Francisco, California.

This film shows President Roosevelt in San Francisco, passing in the arrival parade on Market Street on Tuesday, May 12, 1903. The camera view is from the north side of Market Street, just east of Grant Avenue. After leaving the Southern Pacific train station at Third and Townsend Street, the parade proceeded up Third Street and wound through downtown San Francisco before continuing up Market Street to a ceremony at the Native Sons Hall on Mason Street. The film was taken a few minutes after 3:00pm, when the extensive military portion of the parade had already passed. Some of the store signs seen in the film along the south side of Market Street include Townsend's California Glace Fruits, Swan the Painter, Charles Lyons (merchant tailor), Morley Billiards, and Spreckles Market.

The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: [22732] The opening view is southeast down Market Street. During his visit, the President stayed at the Palace Hotel, at center right. [22880] Note the photographer with his large box camera at left. The President's carriage has turned into Market Street from Third Street at right in front of the white facade of the Hearst Building. [23289] President Roosevelt waves to the crowd as his carriage passes in front of the decorated facade of the Call Building. Governor Pardee, Mayor Schmitz, and Mr. de Young, Chairman of the Citizens' Reception Committee (and Chronicle newspaper owner) ride with the President. [23393] Note the entourage of secret service men walking beside the presidential carriage, a reminder of the fate of President Roosevelt's predecessor, President William McKinley. [23413] Reporters hurry past, keeping pace with the carriage. [23641] A cavalry officer, probably of the Ninth US Cavalry, passes in front of the History Building. [23800] The camera pans back to the east, showing the empty gubernatorial and mayoral broughams. Many carriages of distinguished persons follow.

Received: 6/4/03; paper pos; copyright deposit Paper Print Collection.

Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919.
Presidents--Journeys--California--San Francisco.
Parades--California--San Francisco.
Horse-drawn vehicles--California--San Francisco.
Streets--California--San Francisco.
San Francisco (Calif.)

Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
Miles, H.J., camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. DLC
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
President Roosevelt's carriage.

1 roll (110 ft) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.

LC 1817 (paper pos)