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Mae Lucas

Mae Lucas — Now Mrs. B.L. Rhodes of Norfolk, Virginia — at left, and her dancing partner in the Gaiety Girls at Daly’s Theatre in New York in 1894, when Miss Lucas went to dance for the Edison Kinetoscope.

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George Eastman

George Eastman, whose solution of the Kodak‘s problem of “roller photography” with film in 1889 produced the material which Edison needed for the motion picture.

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Chief George C Hale

Chief George C. Hale of the Kansas City, Missouri, fire department, whose invention of the Hale’s Tours show device in 1903 made a film exhibitor of Carl Laemmle and opened careers for many another famous name of today.

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George Kleine

George Kleine, the diplomat and peace-maker in the secret negotiations that ended the Biograph-Edison war and made the motion picture an industry.

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The First Still

The First “STILL” — one of a series of photographs made at Edison’s little New York studio in the Chelsea district about 1901, to illustrate a German newspaper correspondent’s feature story about the “new American art.” The production appears to have been a comedy.

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beater projector

Thomas Armat‘s “beater” projector of 1895, the machine which established the essential principle, of a long period of rest and illumination in the intermittent film movement, on which all screen projection depends.

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the first fight picture

James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney, when they squared off before the Edison camera at West Orange in the first fight picture to reach the screen. 1894.