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Cartoon from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, January 16, 1909, Final Results Edition, Image 9

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Important Dates:

  • 1882: E.J. Marey develops Chronophotographic camera, shoots 12 successive pictures, illustrated by birds in flight.
  • 1889: George Eastman commercially sells his camera "Kodak" using celluloid film, that he invented; superior format to glass negatives.
  • May 20, 1891: Edison holds first public exhibit of his Kinetoscope, a viewer. Same year he invents the Kinetograph camera.
  • December 28, 1895: Lumièr brothers in France hold first public exhibition of with their Cinématographe. First camera to project to a large screen.
  • April 1896: Edison releases own projection camera, Vitascope, using an improved version of Thomas Armat's Phantascope.
  • 1902: Armat successfully sues Edison. Edison disallowed from having a monopoly on the motion picture industry.
  • 1905: First "nickelodeon" opens; by 1908 there are over 5,000 in the United States.
  • 1910: Funeral of King Edward VII shot in color.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Moving Pictures, Motion Pictures, Muybridge, Chronophotographic, Kodak, Kinetograph, Kinetoscope, Mutoscope, Cinematographe, Vitascope, Thomas Edison, Nickelodeon

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