Brief Documentary Exclusively in New York Sports Museum


FILMED SPORTS

  Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

In 1891, sports allowed Thomas Edison a platform to successfully roll out his invention of moving pictures. The documentary complements a story about a building on the tour route where Edison had an office and developed his invention.

Edison's company produced experimental films with sports action. Edison learned that sports, with its non-stop action and emotional element, was an ideal subject for motion pictures.

The same year of his invention, Edison filed for a patent for a motion picture camera and a peephole viewing device and recorded scenes from boxing and fencing.

In 1894, Edison brought motion pictures to the public. For five cents a view, they were shown in a parlor in a vacated shoe store at 27th Street and Broadway, an intersection on the tour route.

The parlor was the first place moving images were seen for a price, in sports or otherwise.