the rider is not actually Thomas Edison, this video
was filmed by Edison in 1899. The rider, named "Neibert",
was aparently famous and had a circus background. The
footage was shot on a stage with a painted "city"
clip is a segment of a longer original. Edison's laboratory
was responsible for the invention of the Kinetograph
(a motion picture camera) and the Kinetoscope (a peep-hole
motion picture viewer). Most of this work was performed
by Edison's assistant, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson,
beginning in 1888. Motion pictures became a successful
entertainment industry in less than a decade, with single-viewer
Kinetoscopes giving way to films projected for mass
audiences. The Edison Manufacturing Co. (later known
as Thomas A. Edison, Inc.) not only built the apparatus
for filming and projecting motion pictures, but also
produced films for public consumption. Most early examples
were actualities showing famous people, news events,
disasters, people at work, new modes of travel and technology,
scenic views, expositions, and other leisure activities.
As actualities declined in popularity, the company's
production emphasis shifted to comedies and dramas.
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