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Thomas Edison, kinetophone, kinetophonograph, William Dickson, 6 October 1889

Thomas Edison’s amazing kinetophone

Thomas Edison, kinetophone, kinetophonograph, William Dickson, 6 October 1889

On 6 October 1889, Thomas Edison cranked the handle on his kinetophone, also known as a kinetophonograph, and showed the world his first motion picture.

Most of the actual work that went into the kinetophone was done by Edison’s assistant William Dickson who fused together Edison’s phonograph and the Zoetrope, which was a circular display of slides that merged into a moving scene when hand-cranked.

Edison created a film and presented it to the world, starting a revolution in film making, all thanks to this device debuted exactly 125 years ago.

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