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A screen shot from the 'Three Acrobats'

A scene from the "Three Acrobats"

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Thomas Edison Patented the Kinetoscope
August 31, 1897

Edison produced between 200 and 300 films at the Black Maria. You can watch this film, "Three Acrobats," produced in the Black Maria in 1899. The motion picture industry has come a long way since these early films. What do you think Edison would say if he saw "Star Wars" or "Titanic"?
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VIDEO CREDIT: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. “Three Acrobats.” 1899. Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number FEC 2273.