Among the first group of motion pictures to be exhibited commercially in the world, when the Holland Bros.' Kinetoscope Parlor opened on Broadway in New York City on Saturday, April 14th, 1894, which was 29 years after U. S. President, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on Friday, April 14th, 1865 at Ford's Theatre.
One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Museum of Modern Art.
The mixing of work and alcohol was commonplace in the early 19th century, especially amongst heavy laborers. By the 1890's, however, the practice had died away. The use of the bottle of beer in this film is intended to invoke a sense of comic nostalgia of a bygone era.