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Crowd outside Strand Theatre for D. W. Griffith's movie "The Birth of a Nation", Grafton, N.D.
Crowd outside Strand Theatre for D. W. Griffith's movie "The Birth of a Nation", Grafton, N.D.
TitleCrowd outside Strand Theatre for D. W. Griffith's movie "The Birth of a Nation", Grafton, N.D.
Date of Original1916-07
CreatorSalter Studio (Grafton, N.D.)
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of large crowd standing outside of the Strand Theatre in Grafton, N.D. Movie posters in storefront windows and in front of the motion picture theatre advertise "The Birth of a Nation". Several automobiles are also visible on the street in front of the buildings. Image appears to be taken at night.
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General SubjectEntertainment
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Motion picture theaters
Motion picture posters
Motion picture audiences
Crowds
Automobiles
Night photographs
Personal NameGriffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948
Organization NameStrand Theatre (Grafton, N.D.)
LocationGrafton (N.D.)
Walsh County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Decade1910-1919
Item Number2101.2.10
Format of OriginalGelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original20 x 25 cm.
Publisher of OriginalSalter Studio (Grafton, N.D.)
Place of PublicationGrafton (N.D.)
Transcription"In 1915, D. W. Griffith's production "The Birth of a Nation, " appeared on the American screens. Many Grafton people took the train to Grand Forks to attend the showing of the picture. In July, 1916, Johnny Lein booked a road show featuring The Birth of a Nation with an orchestra of several pieces. The volume of sound in the Strand Theatre was overpowering. D. W. Griffith was a southerner and his picture was biased in favor of the Confederacy in the War Between the States. Nevertheless, it was a major production in the motion pictures of that day. It was a hot July day in Grafton when the picture was shown. In the building next door a lady by the name of Mrs. Davis had a millinery shop. Her son was killed in World War I and her daughter, Mildred, contracted polio and was left slightly crippled. Minnie Shannon came to help Mrs. Davis and after Mrs. Davis died, Minnie Shannon took over the business. Louis Stamus had his first Chocolate Shop in the building. Later he built a brick structure for his business."- caption with image published in A 100 Year Look At Grafton, North Dakota, 1882-1982, p. 214.
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionGrafton, N.D. Photograph Collection 2101
Collection Finding AidConsult: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/8537
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2101.2.10)
Languageeng
Digital IDrs006111
Original SourcePhotograph
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