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Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze, January 7, 1894

Author: W K -L Dickson; William Heise; Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress); Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1894.
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"Considered to be the first motion picture given legal status by copyright acceptance. The forty-five frames it contains were sent in for copyright as a still picture. The action consists of a man, Fred Ott, sneezing. Application for copyright was filed by William K. Laurie Dickson, Edison's assistant and supervisor of the new motion picture project. The frames were rephotographed from the still picture and turned  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Actualities (Motion pictures)
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Actuality
Named Person: Frederic P Ott; Frederic P Ott
Material Type: Film, Internet resource
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W K -L Dickson; William Heise; Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress); Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
OCLC Number: 915036452
Notes: Duration: 0:05 at 16 fps.
There appear to be two copyright registrations associated with this title. Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze, (c) W. K. L. Dickson; 9Jan1894; 2887 is the registration that has been associated with the motion picture. Edison kinetoscopic records. (c) W. K. L. Dickson; 6Oct1893; 44732 is the registration that has been associated with the photographic print. According to Kemp Niver's Early motion pictures, the film was created from the photographic print. Despite research into original copyright records, it is unclear why there are two different titles for the same work, or why two registrations were issued. On the LC ILS record for the photographic print (lccn 95505651), the copyright registration number is 44732Y. The letter Y was used for 1893 copyright registrations. In some paperwork, the other registration number appears as 2887Z, the letter Z indicating that the year of registration was 1894.
Paper print shelf number (LC 0026A) appears on cards in Paper Print Collection card file, but does not appear in paper print re-housing logs. Niver's Early motion pictures states that this title was deposited as photograph. Cannot confirm, as item is not on shelf in M/B/RS. May be housed in the Prints and Photographs Division.
Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 86-87; Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 87.
Credits: Camera, William Heise.
Performer(s): Appearing: Fred Ott.
Event notes: Filmed January 7, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
Description: viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 45 frames) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. viewing print (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 45 frames) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 4 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 45 frames) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
Other Titles: Sneeze
Fred Ott's sneeze
Ott's sneeze
Kinetoscopic record of a sneeze
Responsibility: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. ; producer, W.K.L. Dickson.

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"Considered to be the first motion picture given legal status by copyright acceptance. The forty-five frames it contains were sent in for copyright as a still picture. The action consists of a man, Fred Ott, sneezing. Application for copyright was filed by William K. Laurie Dickson, Edison's assistant and supervisor of the new motion picture project. The frames were rephotographed from the still picture and turned back into a motion picture"--Early motion pictures.

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