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First Broadway Screen Booking

This is The Letter which started the screen career of the motion picture on Broadway, at the famous Koster & Bial’s Music Hall, where the Vitascope had its premiere a month later.

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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.