1895 Timelines: 1890 to 1899

From April 1894 through February 1895, Edison’s kinetoscope and film sales exceed $177,000.


Thomas Armat and C. Francis Jenkins patent a motion picture projector that they call the Phantoscope.  In September, at the Cotton States Exposition in Atlanta, they arranged to exhibit Edison kinetoscope movies using their Phantoscope projector instead of a kinetoscope.


The Lumière brothers in France invent a motion picture camera/projector that they call a Cinèmatographe.  Using it they shoot a film at their factory and then show the film’s projected image to a scientific conference in March.  On December 28 they show their projected films to a paying audience of 33 spectators.  It is generally agreed that his day marked the birthday of the movies.


W.K.L. Dickson leaves Edison’s laboratories after a difference of opinion with Edison.  He goes on to become one of the founders of the American Mutoscope Company, which would eventually become the Biograph Company.


On June 1st Woodville Latham applies for a patent for a “Projecting–Kinetoscope” that uses a loop of film to absorb the intermittent shock of the film as it passes through a camera or projector.  This allows much longer rolls of film to be used.


Significant Films:

The “ Sortie des usines Lumière” (Leaving the Lumière Factory) shows workers leaving the Lumière factory and becomes Louis Lumière’s first film. 

“The Corbett–Fitzsimmons Fight” paid 15 percent of the film’s profits to each of the prizefighters



The “Latham Loop” – A Loop of Film that Freed an Industry


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