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Identifier

W-089_Divers_Twenty_Thousand_Leagues_under_the_Sea

Creation Date

1914

Subject—Topics

Photosphere; Underwater photography; Silent films; Williamson Expedition; Divers; "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Date Range

1914

Description

Divers struggle in underwater scene in “20,000 Leagues under the Sea,” 1916. [For the 1916 film of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Williamson outfitted the divers in hard-hat diving suits that adhered to Verne’s description by using equipment that required no air hoses. Williamson used a modification of the Davis Submarine Escape Apparatus (D.S.E.A.0, which consisted of an oxygen lung in which the divers’ exhalations were passed through caustic soda, which removed the carbon dioxide and returned pure oxygen to the diver. (Richard Ellis, Monsters of the Sea, p. 272)]

Format

Positive; Glass plate; 3.25" x 4.25"

Source

Jonathan Silent Film Collection

Number

W-089

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