[Tig] further back in time

Alan Rosenfeld abrosenfeld at gmail.com
Sat Jul 25 23:25:09 BST 2009

As a point of fact, in order to copyright films with The Library of
Congress in the early days of motion pictures the negative was printed
to long rolls of photographic paper and kept in cabinets at the LoC
with the earlier years kept on the lower shelves, later on higher.
Many of these prints were destroyed by rats and such that infested the
lower shelves.  I took a course in film school on DW Griffith's first
year as director for Biograph - 1908.  The prints they showed us were
resurrected by shooting optical negs from the then recently discovered
paper prints - luckily they were on a high shelf.

Alan Rosenfeld
The Studio at B&H

On Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 5:58 PM, Rob Lingelbach<rob at colorist.org> wrote:
I believe these were
> films printed on paper.
> The U.S. Library of Congress allows download of many of these films on the
> web:

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