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Could you please tell me the month of 1908 when the Omaha branch of the Laemmle Film Service was founded? According to the directory in the

Could you please tell me the month of 1908 when the Omaha branch of the Laemmle Film Service was founded? According to the directory in the Moving Picture World dated January 18th, 1908, the Laemmle Film Service had the head office in Chicago and the New York branch. According to the Moving Picture World dated February 15th, 1908, this company had the head office in Chicago, the New York branch and the Omaha branch. Judging from these information, I suppose that the Obama branch was founded between mid January and early February 1908. The Laemmle Film Sercive was a U. S. film exchange headquartered in Chicago and founded by Carl Laemmle on October 1st, 1906. On April 30th, 1912, Carl and others founded Universal Film Manufacturing Company. I am a Japanese journalist in Tokyo, writing a manuscript of a Japanese book on the history of Universal Pictures. Your kind consideration regarding my request would be appreciated very much.
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We did search for the answer to that question in May, 2012, at the time of your first query to Omaha Public Library, and unfortunately we were unable to come up with an exact date.  Here again are the results of my search at that time:


Unfortunately we do not have much on Mr. Laemmle. I can tell you that the Laemmle Film Service first appeared in the Omaha city directory in 1908, at 800 Brandeis Building, with H.S. Lewis as the manager. In 1909 It was listed at 1517 Farnam, with Julius Singer as manager.

 By 1910 they had a larger ad.

 I haven’t found any evidence that Mr. Laemmle himself ever spent much time here, although the local paper, Omaha World Herald, did report a visit he made April 11, 1919, when he was entertained to lunch by J.H. Calvert, the local Laemmle manager, and other film theater people.


Have you searched the digitized Omaha Daily Bee at the Library of Congress site, Chronicling America: There is a photo of Frank Van Husan, local manager of the film service, here. The earliest mention of the Laemmle service in the Omaha Bee that I found was Jan. 1909, but OCR searching does not catch everything--you might try browsing the papers around your dates of interest. Trade magazines might be another good source. Some are available on Google Books--e.g. this Nov. 1908 issue of Billboard, which mentions the Omaha office. The best source might be the company archive—if there is one.

I hope this helps!

Martha/Main Library

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