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Performing for the Kinetophone

The Edison Co. introduced the kinetophone, a combination kinetoscope and phonograph, in April 1895. Only a few specialized subjects were made, mostly brief musical numbers requiring only very loose synchronization. This is a frame from one of those subjects, Dickson Experimental Sound Film, which was never released. The multitalented W.K.L. Dickson is playing the violin into the phonograph horn. Interestingly, Edison revisited the idea in 1913, when he unveiled another machine—also called the Kinetophone—which connected a phonograph to a projector.

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