Celebrating the History of Motion Pictures from 1890 to 1960

1891 Timelines: 1890 to 1899

A peephole–viewing machine is unveiled by Edison during a convention of the Federation of Women’s Clubs.  The motion picture in the viewing machine shows a man bowing, smiling and taking off his hat.


Edison calls his motion picture camera a kinetograph, and his peephole–viewing device a kinetoscope.  He prepares to patent both devices, but forgets to apply for overseas patents.

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