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Staging events for Edison

by Kate Fortmueller

There are several examples of events or vaudeville acts that were staged explicitly for Thomas Edison in the Black Maria. Recreations of boxing matches were particularly popular (as Richard Abel mentions in his article "'Pathé Goes to Town': French Films Create a Market for the Nickelodeon"). This clip does not recreate a specific match, but rather presents a well-known British boxer.

Billy Edwards and the Unknown (1895)

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Billy Edwards boxes with an unknown opponent.

from Billy Edwards and the Unknown (1900)
Creator: William K.L. Dickson and William Heise
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller