List of Lost Media

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Here is a list of lost media - photos, footage, etc.

1899 Souvenir and Guide to Columbus

In 1899, the park gave out 48-page souvenir booklets with 58 halftone images of the city, published by the Columbus Street Railway Company.[1][2] There is a version for the following year here:

1908 Souvenir Booklet

In 1908, the park had a souvenir described as "exquisite half tones of various bits of the park, the whole making an artistic booklet truly worth having."[3] These might be where several of the postcards from the era are from.

1913 Olentangy Park Theater Stock Company Advertisement Reel

James A. Maddox, the manager of the Colonial Theater was appointed as the representative of the Olentangy Park Theater stock company. He purchased a motion picture camera and hired a photographer to capture each member of the company for an advertisement reel to display at the Colonial and over 40 other motion picture houses in the area. The photographer was not named. [4][5]

1913 May Day Outing

During the 1913 May Day Outing on May 23, 1913, "motion picture men" recorded footage of several areas of the park including events such as a speech by Billy Sunday. The footage was to be shown at the park and other places during a Moving Picture Exhibitors' League outing on Thursday, June 26, 1913.[6][7][8] Photos and a 1,500-ft. reel was secured by Royal Photo and Film Company managed by C.L. Dowerman. It was the only footage of Billy Sunday at the time.[9] Reels were shown at the Colonial Theater on June 4, 1913 featuring: Billy Sunday arriving at the depot, park, and delivering his sermon; Homer Rodeheaver and his choir; park crowds, 2,000 children participating in the May pole dance; the North Side Chamber of Commerce committee; Channing Ellery's Band, and more.[10][11] Shown at the Thomas Theater, previously The Grand, the film was promoted as having footage of the 70,000 people who attended the May Day outing.[12]

1913 Motion Picture Exhibitors' League Outing

Most of the 48 motion picture houses in Columbus closed on June 26, 1913, so employees could attend the first annual Motion Picture Exhibitors' League outing at Olentangy Park. A grad parade began at 3:30 p.m. and Royal Photo and Film Company recorded footage of the parade and crowds to be later exhibited in various locations in the park. The footage was to be auctioned off throughout the day to whoever wanted to show it first. The chairman of the committee on the arrangements was J.V. Dempsey, who had a picture house near the park and the officers of the league at the time were: J.W. Swain of Pastime and Hippodrome theaters, president; W.R. Wilson of the Schiller Street Theater, secretary; John Smithheisler of the Oak Theater, treasurer; and J.C. Rector of the Marathon Theater, vice president.[6][13][14] Reproductions of the footage was to later be shown at every motion picture house in Columbus.[15]

1913 Sham Battle

A "sham battle" (war reenactment) took place in a field north of the Olentangy Park involving G.A.R. veterans, the Old Guard, Spanish-American War veterans, United States Regulars and others. A Toledo-based firm of "motion picture men" recorded footage of the event. It was one of the first films censored by the new state board[16][17]. Consisting of 10 reels, it was shown at Memorial Hall (also known as "Old COSI") on September 13-14, 1913, accompanied by two patriotic concerts each afternoon and night at 2:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The cost to attend was 25 cents ($28 in 2021) for adults and 10 cents ($3) for school children. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds benefitted the Old Guard to pay for a trip to Chattanooga that September[18][19].

Newspaper Scrap Book

A newspaper "scrap book" was created and shared by Leo and Elmer Haenlein during the late 1920s/early 1930s with other amusement parks to help them research ways to publicize features such as dancing and swimming lessons. [20].


  1. Richwood Gazette (Richwood, Ohio). 18 May 1899. Pg. 3.
  2. The Union County Journal (Marysville, Ohio). 18 May 1899. Pg. 4.
  3. "Olentangy Park." Dispatch Daily Magazine. 1 June 1908. Pg. 12.
  4. "Maddox Has a New One." The Billboard. Vol. 25. Issue 21. 24 May 1913. Pg. 62. Retrieved 4 June 2022. Access through Internet Archive.
  5. The Moving Picture World. Vol. 16. April/June 1913. Pg. 797. Retrieved 4 June 2022. Access through Internet Archive.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Motion Pictures for Every Nook of the Park." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 25 June 1913. Pg. 3. Retrieved from Columbus Dispatch Digital Archives.
  7. "Moving Picture Man to 'Take' May Day Outing." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 6 May 1913. Pg. 9.
  8. "Billy Sunday to Come in Friday on Special Train." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 22 May 1913. Pg. 6.
  9. "Sunday Pleased with Reception at Olentangy." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 24 May 1913. Pg. 2.
  10. "Colonial." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 1 June 1913. Pg. 39.
  11. "Colonial." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 3 June 1913. Pg. 18.
  12. "Thomas Theater and Thomas Air Park." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 8 June 1913. Pg. 43.
  13. "Movie Shows Closed; Owners Attend Outing." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 26 June 1913. Pg. 2. Retrieved from Columbus Dispatch Digital Archives.
  14. "Moving Picture Day." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 26 June 1913. Pg. 14. Retrieved from Columbus Dispatch Digital Archives.
  15. "Olentangy Park." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 21 June 1913. Pg. 10. Retrieved from Columbus Dispatch Digital Archives.
  16. "Sham Battle Movies to be on Sept. 13, 14." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 5 September 1913. Pg. 7. Retrieved from Columbus Dispatch Digital Archives.
  17. "Human Progress Notes." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 6 September 1913. Pg. 5. Retrieved from Columbus Dispatch Digital Archives.
  18. "Bought at a Saving." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 9 September 1913. Pg. 8. Retrieved from Columbus Dispatch Digital Archives.
  19. "Sham Battle Pictures." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 12 September 1913. Pg. 3. Retrieved from Columbus Dispatch Digital Archives.
  20. Reply from Olentangy Park to Kennywood. Historic Pittsburgh. 7 June 1929.[1]