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Charles Francis Jenkins (1867–1934)

American motion picture pioneer and creator of over 400 inventions. Invented and patented the Phantoscope in early 1890s, a projector using continuously moving film. He is credited by many film historians as having shown the first motion picture before an audience on June 6, 1894 in his hometown of Richmond, Indiana. Later, having bought Jenkins ... See full bio »


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American motion picture pioneer, a former stenographer. Invented and patented the Phantascope in 1894, a projector using continuously moving film. His Phantascope Projector was later improved by his former classmate Thomas Armat, who, having bought Jenkins out, patented it as the Vitascope in 1896 and sold the marketing rights to Thomas Edison. Jenkins was later active in television, becoming the... See more »

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