Best Documentary Movies of 1898

1.

Tossing a Nigger in a Blanket

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A method soldier boys have for amusing themselves in their leisure moments. New comrades are frequently initiated by the old-fashioned sport of tossing in a blanket. The newly arrived recruit, who is the victim of their sport, enjoys himself, perhaps, less than the other participants.

Directed by: William C. Paley
Release date: 1898-04-06
2.

The Launch of H.M.S. Albion

2.2
5.6/10 IMDB

The festive start and disastrous aftermath of the launch of the H.M.S. Albion.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1898-01-01
3.

The Launch of HMS Albion at Blackwall

2.2
5.6/10 IMDB

The film documents the launch of HMS Albion at Blackwall on the 21st of June, 1898—an event that was witnessed by 30,000 onlookers, 37 of whom lost their lives when the jetty upon which they were standing became washed away by the resultant swell.

Directed by: E.P. Prestwich
Release date: 1898-09-30
4.

Tetherball, or Do-Do

2.1
5.0/10 IMDB

Four men of different ranks play a game of tetherball on a ship's deck.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1898-01-01
5.

A Switchback Railway

2.0
5.5/10 IMDB

The Switchback Railway was the forerunner of the roller coaster. Passengers sit in a small car which trundles up a swooping railway track then performs a 180 degree turn at its summit before swooping back down on a parallel track.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1898-01-01
6.

Pack Train at Chilkoot Pass

2.0
5.2/10 IMDB

During the Alaska gold rush, one way to reach the Klondike was over the Chilkoot Pass. A stationary camera is placed to see a ways down the curving trail. A pack train comes into view and passes in front of us, led by a man on horseback. Eight loaded mules follow, then another cowboy on horseback and a man walking, then eight more laden mules, another cowboy, then nine more mules, a cowboy, and still the pack train stretches as far as the eye can see. A solitary man watches from atop a hillock. (IMDb)

Release date: 1898-01-01
7.

View from an Engine Front: Ilfracombe

1.9
4.9/10 IMDB

A “phantom ride” taken from the buffers of an engine on the London and South West Railway through the Ilfracombe area: the reservoirs, Morthroe, Ilfracombe Incline and station.

Release date: 1898-07-19
8.

Victorious Squadron Firing Salute

1.4
5.4/10 IMDB

On Saturday morning, August 20, 1898, six grim battleships of Admiral Sampson's Squadron sailed into New York Harbor and up the Hudson to receive a welcome from the people and to fire a salute of victory in sight of the tomb of the great soldier-hero of another war [Ulysses Grant].

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-08-31
9.

Early Fashions on Brighton Pier

1.4
4.7/10 IMDB

George Smith's picture of the crowds out for a stroll on what I imagine is Brighton Pier.

Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1898-04-24
10.

Lassoing a Steer

1.3
4.8/10 IMDB

Eight mounted cowboys pursue an escaped steer, riding at furious speed. Fine exhibition of lasso throwing. Mexican International.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-02-28

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