Edison Projecting Kinetoscope

Made by Edison Manufacturing Company, 1897-1900.

This Projecting Kinetoscope, capable of projecting a moving film image in a small auditorium, was designed and built in 1897. Prior to this the Kinetoscope, a film carriage device without the lamphouse as a powerful light source, was mounted in a case where one person could view a 35 mm strip of celluloid film 50 feet long (at 15 frames per second, the film ran to 15 seconds). The Kinetoscope’s construction incorporated a great deal of the essential mechanism of the modern movie projector.



Kinetoscope projector. Film carriage mechanism and lamp house mounted onto timber frame. Hand cranked operation moves sprocketed celluloid film through the mechanism, stopping the progress of the film momentarily at the gate, where light source from lamp house illuminates stationary frame for projection.


540 mm
278 mm


Although Thomas Edison took sole credit for the products coming from his laboratories, the task of inventing the moving picture device was left in the hands of his assistant William Dickson & his assistant Charles Brown.

Most modern scholars agree that although Edison did conceive the idea and oversee the project, Dickson performed the bulk of the experimentation that led to the Kinetoscope.

Manufactured by Edison Manufacturing Company, Orange, New Jersey., USA
Edison Manufacturing Company 1897-1900
Edison, Thomas A


Gift of Mr F H Leydecker, 1970
7 October, 1970

Cite this Object

Edison Projecting Kinetoscope 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <https://ma.as/209046>
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