The Beginning of Motion Pictures


A souvenir strip of Edison Kinetoscope Eugene Sandow, the modern Hercules. Image courtesy: W.K.L. Dickson/Wikimedia Commons

Filmstrip of Butterfly Dance (ca. 1895), an early Kinetoscope film produced by Thomas Edison, featuring Annabelle Whitford. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Eadweard Muybridge had suggested to Thomas Edison that they work together on a device that would play sound and moving images at once. While they didn’t go ahead with the collaboration, Edison patented a similar device in 1888, which eventually came to be the kinetoscope.

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