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Tonight at 7pm, Springfield native Geo. Willeman, with the Library of Congress Moving Image Section for thirty-six years, will share about Kinetophone films and show portions of restored ones that have survived during a Heritage Center free virtual program. You can still register to join us here: cutt.ly/Edison.

Thomas Edison, “The Wizard of Menlo Park,” wowed audiences in New York City with his “latest and greatest” new invention in February 1913 when he unveiled the Edison Kinetophone. This system combined the motion picture with the phonograph to create “talking pictures.” The motion picture industry during that time period grew exponentially, as shown locally by the sheer volume of theaters in Springfield.
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