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12 January 1903 (USA) See more »
The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Topsy ... Herself

Produced by
Thomas A. Edison .... producer
Cinematography by
Edwin S. Porter 
Jacob Blair Smith 

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Also Known As:
"Electrocution of an Elephant" - USA (informal alternative title)
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USA:1 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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On July 20, 2003, a memorial for Topsy was erected at the Coney Island Museum.See more »
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PR Stunt, 20 February 2003
Author: PhobosDiemosX from Central Coast, CA

I would like to just point out that the main reason Edison zapped 'ole Topsy was to show the dangers of AC and scare the public into wanting DC power, which would make him filthy stinking rich. It was just a bonus that the elephant killed some idiot. Also, Westinghouse wouldn't sell an AC generator to Coney Island because he knew that was what it would be used for so they had to buy one from somewhere is South America. Interesting don't you think?

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