Today in History: Edison Patents the Kinetograph

| August 31, 2018

180827_News_1080x1920Did you know that the kinetograph (motion recorder), patented by Thomas Alva Edison on August 31st, 1897, was a very early form of the movie camera? Edison used flexible, perforated celluloid film on a sprocket or gear that allowed it to be advanced in intervals. With an intermittent mechanism in the camera, frames in film could be stopped long enough for camera shutter to open and expose the film. The kinetograph and kinetoscope (motion viewer with peep hole) was developed by Edison and his assistant William Kennedy Laurie Dickinson, helping launch the motion picture industry. Edison’s first film featured three of his workers as blacksmiths in 1893.

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