[PT031AAA1], Technical Note, Thomas Alva Edison, October 8th, 1888


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[PT031AAA1], Technical Note, Thomas Alva Edison, October 8th, 1888

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[8 page TAE ALS & 2 pages drawings.] TAE marg first page: "RUSH THIS I AM GETTING GOOD RESULTS. Edison"] Caveat 110 Filed October 17th 1888. "I am experimenting upon an instrument which does for the Eye what the phonograph does for the Ear which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion, and in such a form as to be both cheap practical and convenient. This apparatus I call a Kinetoscope "moving view' In the first production of the actual motions that is to say of a continuous Opera the Instrument may be called a Kinetograph but its subsequent reproduction for which it will be of most use to the public it is properly called a Kinetoscope. The invention consists in photographing continously a series of pictures occurring at intervals which intervals are greater than eight per second….". [NB: OED first citation for "Kinetoscope" is from Dickson 1894; but Google Books returns The Century Dictionary---1889---Vol. 3 (no view)]




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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