At the first news of the disast by cyclone and tidal wave that devastated Galveston on Saturday, September 8th, 1900, we equipped a party of photographers and sent them by special train to ...
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At the first news of the disast by cyclone and tidal wave that devastated Galveston on Saturday, September 8th, 1900, we equipped a party of photographers and sent them by special train to the scene of the ruins. Arriving at the scene of desolation shortly after the storm had swept over the city, our party succeeded, at the risk of life and limb, in taking about a thousand feet of motion pictures, although Galveston was under martial law and photographers were shot down at sight by the excited police. The series, taken as a whole, gives a definite idea of the most terrible disaster since the Johnstown flood of 1889. The pictures are copyrighted and fully protected by law. They are made from original negatives, taken at a great expense, and expressed to us immediately after they were taken, and are positively the only motion picture films secured while the city of Galveston was in a state of chaos. Showing dismantled cars, wrecked warehouses, schooners and tugs stranded on the docks, ...Written by
AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)
On September 8th, 1900, the city of Galveston was hit by a hurricane and tidal wave, which would end up costing more than 2500 lives. With winds of up to 135mph, many considered this one of the deadliest storms of its time and the Edison studio sent cameras down there to capture some of the aftermath. I'm sure many would see this as some sort of exploitation as there's no question the studio would have made a lot of money but today it's interesting to see this footage simply from a historical point of view.
Of all the Edison films that took a look at the Galveston disaster, this one here runs the longest at just under 70-seconds and features some more striking visuals. We start off with a pan of various warehouses and boats that are pretty much wrapped around one another. Once again we see tons of debris stacked on top on one another and it's just amazing to see the power of this storm. We also get a brief look at some tents that were set up for survivors who found themselves homeless after the storm struck. Fans of history will certainly want to see this footage as it's an amazing visual as there's not too much film from this period and storm. Of the seven films available this one here contains some of the rawest footage.
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