Today in History: Edison Gets Kinetographic Camera Patent

Today in History–August 31–the Library of Congress features the awarding of a federal patent for a kinetographic camera—the forerunner to the motion picture film projector—to Thomas A. Edison on this date in 1897. Find out more by reading the Today in History section and accessing the resources below.

Edison’s kinetographic films and parlors

Kinetograph historical newspaper coverage

Inventing Entertainment: the Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

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More Thomas A. Edison primary & secondary sources