Washday Troubles (1895) and Wash Day Troubles (1897)

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Washday Troubles (1895) and Wash Day Troubles (1897)

PostTue Mar 20, 2018 12:39 pm

Washday Troubles (1895) According to silentera.com a print of this Edison production exists. http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/data/W/WashdayTroubles1895.html

Wash Day Troubles (1897) Silentera.com also has an entry for this and indicates that MOMA has a print. The production company is listed as the International Film Company and the director as Edmund Kuhn which corresponds with the imdb entry http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2224563/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Some documents from MOMA I found online dating back to 1958 or earlier refer to Washday Troubles (1895), Wash Day Troubles (1896), and Wash Day Troubles (1895) directed by Edmund Kuhn (Edison).

Would someone please shed some light on this?
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Re: Washday Troubles (1895) and Wash Day Troubles (1897)

PostTue Mar 20, 2018 8:03 pm

I can't comment on Washday Troubles specifically, but the early film negatives could not be used to make a lot of prints before they wore out. It is likely that Edison had to remake this film more than once to supply prints to exhibitors if it was a popular title.
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Re: Washday Troubles (1895) and Wash Day Troubles (1897)

PostWed Mar 21, 2018 1:47 pm

Thanks Bruce. I've submitted an inquiry with MOMA and will post their reply.
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Re: Washday Troubles (1895) and Wash Day Troubles (1897)

PostFri Mar 23, 2018 2:25 pm

MOMA has confirmed that the print they hold is the 1897 Edmund Kuhn version. I've enquired with LoC as to whether they have a print or any record of an Edison production and will post their reply here.
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Re: Washday Troubles (1895) and Wash Day Troubles (1897)

PostMon Mar 26, 2018 9:03 am

LoC got back to me and pointed out that there is no mention of a Washday Troubles in Musser's Edison Motion Pictures: An Annotated Filmography, 1890-1900 so I think it's safe to say that the silentera.com entry is an error. Perhaps it was confused with The Washerwoman's Troubles, which is listed in the index of the Musser book.

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