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A screen shot from 'Gordon Sisters Boxing.'

The Gordon sisters put up their dukes in a scene from the "Gordon Sisters Boxing"

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Edison Invents Motion Pictures
Who are these wild women and what are they doing? Would you believe they were two sisters in a boxing act that played all over the East coast? They were the Gordon Sisters, Bessie and Minnie, who claimed to be the first female boxing act. In the early years of motion pictures, there was such a demand for motion pictures that Thomas Edison's company filmed all sorts of things. This film of the sparring sisters was made in 1901. The Edison Manufacturing Company was able to shoot "Gordon Sisters Boxing" and many others only after Edison and his employee W.K.L Dickson had spent years inventing the motion picture camera.
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VIDEO CREDIT: Edison, Thomas A. Inc. "Gordon Sisters Boxing." Edison Manufacturing Co. May, 6 1901. The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920, Library of Congress.