Rare Thomas Edison Film from 1904 (no sound)
Still entertaining, 100+ years later .... more info below.
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Thomas Edison is
known the world over as the father of the light bulb and nearly a thousand
other inventions, but few people are aware that the Wizard of Menlo Park also
tried his hand at film-making.
On April 29, 1904,
the renowned inventor of the first motion picture camera, or Kinetograph,
brought a Japanese juggler and his young assistant to his New York City studio
to record a video showcasing their amazing acrobatic feats.
black-and-white footage, which clocks in under 2 minutes, opens with the man
and boy walking onto a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden or park,
giving a slight bow to the camera and removing their silk jackets
The famous inventor’s production venture
released more than 340 films until it shuttered its doors in 1918, most of them
‘actualities,’ or short clips showing famous people, news events, disasters,
people at work, new modes of travel and technology, scenic views, expositions,
and other leisure activities.
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