Sunday, January 8, 2012

Panorama of Wreckage of Water Front - 1900

Country: USA
Release Date: September 1900 (USA)
Filming Locations: Galveston, Texas, USA
Production Co: Edison Manufacturing Company
Genres: Short
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.
More striking footage from Edison in their Galveston disaster coverage. This film runs just under a minute and takes us to the waterfront where the tidal wave clearly had a major impact on what we're seeing. Just take a look at several of the boats that are wrapped around the docks and the overall damage is just hard to imagine. There are a few seconds of people standing around viewing the damage and there are even a couple boats in the background where no damage has been done so I'm guessing these were coming in to offer support. If you've seen all the Edison films that covered this disaster you know that the damage done was simply amazing. Being able to see this footage today makes you somewhat thankful that Edison sent a crew to film it as it's certainly an important part of history.  

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