This c.1905 panoramic image of the Stone Avenue/W. Congress Street intersection in downtown Tucson, Arizona, was taken some four years before film pioneer Allan Dwan (1885-1981) began his movie career in Tucson, as "a sort of unit manager."
In Peter Bogdanovich's riveting 1997 "Who the Devil Made It," Dwan recounts that, in the summer of 1909, Congress was "very 'Old West,' with lots of saloons and cowboys and things."
Two years before Marion Michael Morrison was born at home delivered by a female family friend doctor on May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa, a town of muddy, unpaved streets navigated by horses and buggies.
In December of 1903 Thomas Alva Edison released Edwin S. Porter's most celebrated film, the Western "The Great Train Robbery."
"Robbery," also photographed and directed by Porter without credit, is one of the first narrative, or story films, of significant length employing "cross-cutting, double exposure composite editing, camera movement and on location shoo...