This fun flicker comes from the Library of Congress's collection of Edison films and stars J. Stuart Blackton, who was a cartoonist for the New York Evening World at the time. It begins with Blackton drawing upon white paper on an easel, but with some stop-camera tricks, the viewer is treated to some of the earliest examples of cinematic special effects, as the drawn subjects seem to come alive right before your eyes.
This is one of my favorites flicker discoveries, so I made sure it was one the DANCING AT THE CHANCE heroine discovers in her Old New York neighborhood kinetoscope parlor.
MUSIC ALERT: There is some, so proceed accordingly.
Early-cinema history buffs might be interested in this. It's the film's description from the Edison films catalog:
Upon a large sheet of white paper a cartoonist is seen at work rapidly sketching the portrait of an elderly gentleman of most comical feature and expression. After completing the likeness the artist rapidly draws on the paper a clever sketch of a bottle of wine and a goblet, and then, to the surprise of all, actually removes them from the paper on which they were drawn and pours actual wine out of the bottle into a real glass. Surprising effects quickly follow after this; and the numerous changes of expression which flit over the face in the sketch cause a vast amount of amusement and at the same time give a splendid illustration of the caricaturist's art. 100 feet. 15.00.