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A screen shot from Thomas A. Edison, Inc.'s 'The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's).'

A screen shot from Thomas A. Edison, Inc.'s "The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's)," 1894

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Edison Invents Motion Pictures
Edison built a motion picture production studio in New Jersey. The studio had a roof that could be opened to let in daylight, and the entire building was constructed so that it could be moved to stay in line with the sun. The "Boxing Gordon Sisters" was not the only boxing film Edison's company made. Can you imagine boxing cats? One of the Edison Manufacturing Company's earliest films shows two cats fighting in a boxing ring. Other films starred well-known performers such as Annie Oakley and Native American dancers from Buffalo Bill's "Wild West Show."
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VIDEO CREDIT: Dickson, W.K.L., producer, Thomas A. Edison, Inc. "The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's)." July 1894. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.