For the trade catalogue, and perhaps for other publicity purposes, the
Edison Company prepared a set of photographs of the film's scenes. The
pictures were not taken during the actual filming, as can be told from a number
of different details. For example, in these stills "Tom" has a lot more hair on
the top of his head than you'll see in the film. Perhaps the most intriguing difference involves
the photo titled
EVA'S VISION, where it looks
as if there is a face in the moon outside the room in which Eva is dying;
perhaps in the onstage version of this scene the UTC troupe that Porter is
shooting used a magic lantern to project the face of an angel or
something similarly divine onto the moon (as lantern images are used in the
TABLEAU: DEATH OF TOM at the end), but Porter was unable
to capture that effect with his camera -- in any case, the "vision" is not part
of the film.
The photos appear below as they were published on pages 5-7 of
the catalogue. Courtesy the George Eastman House, Rochester.