Archive for Friday, November 22, 2013

100 years ago: Edison’s new invention to have its Lawrence premiere

November 22, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 22, 1913:

  • "The Edison Talking Pictures will be seen at the Bowersock Theater Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24, 25. The performance will show that the device is everything that has been said of it, the sounds coming from the mouths of the actors in perfect harmony with the movement of the lips and the accompanying gestures, and with such distinctness that the words can be heard in every corner of the theater. You must see these Talking Pictures to believe them and to know that the old master, Thomas A. Edison, has scored once more, and heavily too. There are no two ways about it. The Talking Pictures must be seen to be appreciated."
  • "At the close of the first half of this afternoon's game the Tigers were in the lead over Kansas by a score of 3 to 0. The Tiger points were made in the early part of the second period when after a series of successful line bucks the Tigers worked the ball to the 20 yard line. McWilliams dropped the ball over for the goal."
  • "That the University Extension division may take charge of the educational work at the state penitentiary at Lansing was the statement made today by Prof. DeWitt Croissant, director of the department. 'Some time ago it was suggested to my by the chaplain of the state prison that our department might be of material aid in conducting the school of the institution and we have come to the conclusion that we will make the attempt,' said Prof. Croissant today.... 'The way things are run now, the convicts are left to do the teaching. When there are a sufficient number of well educated prisoners, the classes are carried on all right, but when the prisoners are not up to the standard the instruction of their fellows necessarily falls down.... In case we are allowed to take charge of the work our plan will be to make the education of the prisoners a remedial agency. This has been done to some extent, but we believe it can be improved. We shall not attempt to instruct in classical courses or give university credit for the work except in exceptional cases, but what we shall teach will be vocational, something that will enable the man to make an honest living when he is released.'"
  • "Carl Beebe, a railway fireman, shot and killed his wife in the Beebe home in Kansas City, Kansas, today after Mrs. Beebe had threatened to leave him. Two children, five and two years old, saw their mother die. Mrs. Beebe brought suit for divorce last week alleging cruelty. Since the filing of the divorce Beebe has been boarding away from home. He returned today and begged his wife to forego the divorce. She refused.... 'Do you mean then that you will not live with me any longer?' the husband asked. When Mrs. Beebe said she did, Beebe fired three shots at her, then surrendered to the policeman who came up presently. The fireman said he loved his wife so much that he couldn't bear to think of living without her."


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 7 months ago

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By the spring of 1895, Edison was offering Kinetophones--Kinetoscopes with phonographs inside their cabinets. The viewer would look into the peep-holes of the Kinetoscope to watch the motion picture while listening to the accompanying phonograph through two rubber ear tubes connected to the machine (the kinetophone). The picture and sound were made somewhat synchronous by connecting the two with a belt. Although the initial novelty of the machine drew attention, the decline of the Kinetoscope business and Dickson's departure from Edison ended any further work on the Kinetophone for 18 years.

In 1913, a different version of the Kinetophone was introduced to the public. This time, the sound was made to synchronize with a motion picture projected onto a screen. A celluloid cylinder record measuring 5 1/2" in diameter was used for the phonograph. Synchronization was achieved by connecting the projector at one end of the theater and the phonograph at the other end with a long pulley.

Nineteen talking pictures were produced in 1913 by Edison, but by 1915 he had abandoned sound motion pictures.
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Clipped from the article about the railway fireman who shot his wife:
"The fireman said he loved his wife so much that he couldn't bear to think of living without her."

I have to wonder if shooting and killing her was really the best solution to that problem.

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