Could you imagine a world without movies? Didn’t think so. Enjoying your favorite film may seem like second-nature, but motion pictures have not always been a Saturday-night privilege. The father of motion-picture films is someone you may have heard of before.

He’s just a tad creative. Relatively famous.

The man behind the motion picture

When people hear the name Thomas Edison they immediately think of the invention of the lightbulb. Although the use of light is a pretty major deal to the majority of the world, that’s not all this man was good for.

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Edison became fascinated with the concept of fast moving pictures, and he decided that he could make pictures appear to be moving if the images were taken fast enough. His quick wit and hard work all paid off in October of 1889.

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This innovative project became known as the kinetophone, which operated through images on glass plates.

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Edison and his assistant W.K.L. Dickson quickly developed a more advanced version, which replaced the glass with film. This was then connected to Edison’s phonograph. The result? The combination of two of our senses. Something totally remarkable for the time.

Let there be light, picture, and sound

Edison’s kinetophone was the combination of a few of his inventions—and it was way ahead of its time.The combination of sight and sound created an experience for viewers unlike any other, and he was ready to showcase his newest success.

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Edison tested his machine for the first time on October 6, 1889, in his lab, and he spent the next couple of years making changes and advancements. He patented it in the year 1891, thankfully. You need to always watch your back— that’s show business.

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