The Kinetoscope

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The Kinetoscope

The Kinetoscope was invented by Thomas Edison and was the first motion camera.  This was the ancestor of all video cameras we know today.  It worked by taking a strip of film with sequential images and using a high-speed shutter to display them in motion.  It's similar to how a flip book works.  In 1894, the very first commercial motion picture exhibition was held in New York City.  This exhibition used ten The Kinetoscope.  The The Kinetoscope was also the main tool that contributed to the beginning of movie culture in America.  Motion pictures were now a part of American culture and continue to be to this day.  We can all thank Thomas Edison for inventing one of the first "video" players.