Edison Projecting Kinetoscope, 1901-1902

The Edison Co. developed the projector called the projecting kinetoscope (or projectoscope) in 1896. The machine debuted in November and became generally available in February 1897. For many exhibitors and showmen (including J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith), its quality—coupled with its $100 price tag—made it more desirable than many competing projectors. In November 1900, Edison hired a young equipment designer named Edwin S. Porter, whose 1901 model (advertised on the right) was hailed by the New York Clipper as “a complete revolution in projecting machines.”

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