YouTube Launches Library of Congress Channel (and Thomas Edison’s Boxing Cat)

The Library of Con­gress has just set up shop on YouTube. On this new chan­nel, you’ll find some new and vin­tage footage. Above, we’re direct­ing your atten­tion to a clip called “Box­ing Cats.” It’s from 1894 and was pro­duced by Thomas Edis­on’s Black Maria film stu­dio in West Orange, New Jer­sey. In no way do I con­done cat cock­fights, but this is some intrigu­ing his­tor­i­cal footage. And who knew that there was a lit­tle bit of Steve Mar­tin in Thomas Edi­son? I’ve added the Library of Con­gress Chan­nel to our page, Intel­li­gent YouTube: The Best Smart Video Col­lec­tions.

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