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Arrival of McKinley's Funeral Train at Canton, Ohio (1901)

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In recording this scene the position of our camera was an excellent one, and we present to the public a most perfect picture of the train's arrival. The engine is decorated with crepe to ... See full summary »
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In recording this scene the position of our camera was an excellent one, and we present to the public a most perfect picture of the train's arrival. The engine is decorated with crepe to mark the solemnity of this great historical event. As the train stops at the platform great respect for the dead President is shown by the waiting diplomats and reception committee baring their heads and standing respectfully on one side as the mourners leave the train. Written by Edison Catalog

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Canton, Ohio, USA

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McKinley: Edison's Series
20 June 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Arrival of McKinley's Funeral Train at Canton, Ohio (1901)

*** (out of 4)

Forty-five second clip show the train carrying McKinley's body showing up in Canton, OH. The camera is placed right by the train with it coming towards the lense making for a great shot. We see various men jumping off the train just to make sure no one tries to get on it. We don't get to see the actual casket carried off but this is still another interesting entry in the series. Shot on September 18th, 1901.

President McKinley was shaking hands at the Pan-American Exposition when Leon Czolgosz would fire to shots into his stomach. At first the shooting seemed serious but over the next few days the President's condition would improve to where the media was reporting that he would be okay. His condition took a turn for the worse and he ended up dying on September 14. Edison was known for capturing many historic events so they sent cameramen to Buffalo, NY, Washington D.C., and to Canton, OH where the funeral would be held. You do have to think that Edison was seeing dollar signs when they decided to film all of this but thankfully for us it gives us a view into the past to one of the saddest parts of our history.


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