PRINCESS NICOTINE; OR, THE SMOKE FAIRY (1909)
Article 4247 by Dave Sindelar
Featuring Paul Panzer and Gladys Hulette
What it is: Weird tobacco fantasy
A tobacco enthusiast discovers fairies living in his tobacco box.
I have to admit I’m not sure what to make of this odd little trick short. It’s a hodgepodge of special effects that includes stop-motion, giant props, and miniaturization via mirrors (as in opposition to double exposure) among its tricks. It really doesn’t seem to have a story per se; it’s basically the smoker and the fairies playing tricks on each other. It will leave you wondering if someone has been smoking something other than tobacco, though.