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Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze
The first film ever copyrighted, "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze"

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Edison Invents Motion Pictures
In 1888, after Edison invented the phonograph, he turned his attention to motion pictures. "I am experimenting upon an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear," he said. The result of his experiments was the Kinetograph (a motion picture camera) and the Kinetoscope (a peephole motion picture viewer).

"Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" shows an employee of Edison's, Fred Ott's exaggerated W.K.L sneeze. Take a look at the film and see how far motion pictures have come since 1894.

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