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Figure 1.25

A Clear and Attractive Image

Feeding the Doves

Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; producer, James White; USA, 1896

The Maguire & Baucus catalog of January 1897 promoted this brief barnyard scene with the following blurb: “The fluttering birds and excited fowls give an abundance of action to the scene, which is one of the prettiest, clearest, and most attractive ever taken.” In October 1896, Feeding the Doves had been among the first films that Edison submitted for copyright, and at about the same time, the company adopted the practice of selling kinetograph prints (either directly or through Maguire & Baucus, primarily its overseas agent) to all potential customers, not just to vitascope buyers and licensees.

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