Friday, April 13, 2012

Astor Battery on Parade - 1899

Country: United States
Release Date: January 1899 (USA)
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Production Co: Edison Manufacturing Company
Plot Keywords: Spanish American War
Genres: Short
The Astor Battery became famous after the Spanish-American war and these young men are on display in this Edison short, which was shot on Saturday, January 21, 1899. We see a parade cross Broadway onto Union Square with the mounted police, the band and then the Astor Battery. The footage of this short is still in very good condition, which adds a lot considering how little footage is available of these men. Needless to say the real entertainment comes from seeing these real life men and as a history lesson this film is quite important. 

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