Landing Wharf at Canton



Landing Wharf at Canton

An immense number of strange shaped river and canal boats are seen. One-half the population of Canton lives on the water in these floating houses.

Edison 03/1900


1 Edison n.c. (MU 511).  
2 James White. Frederick Blechynden  

When White set up his tripod at Canton, hoping to get a street scene, he was mobbed with a whole souled energy that the Chinese only display when engaged in the pleasing diversion of killing foreign devils. He and his assistant fled for their lives. Fortunately they were near the British custom house, which they managed to reach after receiving bad bruises from stones and clubs. They were covered with mud and their instrument was broken. Captain Healy and his force at the custom house had a sharp encounter with the mob, but it was finally beaten off.
White concluded after this experience that he did not really want any Canton photographs and never had wanted any.

"Around the world with a Kinetoscope", Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York, dimanche 31 décembre 1899, p. 17. [Il existe une transcription du texte dans la revue The Phonogram, nº 8, décembre 1900 (p. 79-81) et nº 9, janvier 1901 (p. 113-116)].

3 07-31/03/1898. © Thomas A. Edison, 22/06/1898 50 ft
4 Chine. Canton.