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Edison standing by Kinetoscope, examining a strip of film.

Edison with a kinetoscope, 1912.

Edison conceived of a mechanism for producing motion pictures in 1888 and began intermittent work on the problem with the help of William Dickson the following year. In a kinetoscope the moving film was viewed directly through a viewer.

SI negative #80-16546

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