Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New York City (Sanitation) Dumping Wharf - 1903

American movie. Photographed April 28, 1903.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Camera: James Blair Smith
The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to the next barge, where four-wheeled carts are shown dumping excavation rubble. Probably filmed on the East River, this is one of several New York City Sanitation Department dumping wharves in operation at the time.

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