The History of Taylor County Chapter Two Hundred-Seventeen

The people of Grafton were given the opportunity to witness Edison’s newest invention, the “Vitascope” that projected moving pictures on a screen at a distance of 60 to 70 feet from the machine, a radical departure from first motion picture machines of the late 80s whose subjects were photographed on tiny squares of paper made to fall rapidly over each other to produce movement within the confines of a square container with a pair of magnifying lens much the same as the old time stereoscope. This new manner of projection enlarged the pictures possibly a hundred times greater than was possible by the first method, the subjects photographed on celluloid film which was transparent and ran rapidly before a powerful arc lamp confined in a lamp house and using electricity for lightning made this form of amusement popular in the 90s.

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