The Optical Phonograph #OnThisDay

On 17th of October 1888, prolific inventor, Thomas Edison ( 1847 – 1931) patented the optical phonograph. Edison’s First Movie Projector: A Phonograph for Pictures

Thomas Edison in 1922

This is said to be the first movie maker – Thomas Edison claimed that it would ‘do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear.’

Edison put his name to hundreds of patents (1,093), developments in new technology and devices, which were worked upon by a whole team of designers and inventors.

The Edison team working on moving pictures eventually designed a movie camera in 1891.

A  laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey, held the world’s first film studio, the Black Maria

Watch: The First Movie Camera: Crash Course Film History #2

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