• On August 31, 1897, the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the Kinetograph to the Edison Manufacturing Company, home of prolific inventor Thomas Edison. The Kinetograph was the earliest reliable motion-picture camera.

    The first clip filmed by the Kinetograph was "Fred Ott's Sneeze." It was five seconds long, and the title explains it all.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    inventor Noun

    person who creates a new idea, machine, product, device, or process.

    patent Noun

    legal right to make or sell an invention.

    reliable Adjective

    dependable or consistent.

    Thomas Edison Noun

    (1847-1931) American inventor and businessman, best known for inventing the electric lamp.