Movie Cowboys

This photo shows at least five men riding in a car alongside a train. One man in the back seat is filming four cowboys riding horseback, trying to hitch a ride on a train. One of the cowboys is already separate from his horse and on a ladder attached to the train’s side. The other three cowboys are waiting to dismount. The men in the car are all wearing hats and, aside from the driver, are all looking back toward the train.

Description (physical):

H: 10 5/16", W: 13 5/16"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0020
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Edison's Greatest Marvel: The Vitascope

Date:
1896

In 1895, Charles Francis Jenkins and Thomas Armat invented a machine that projected film onto a screen or wall via electric light. When the two men began to disagree on who deserved credit for the invention, Armat sold it to the Kinetoscope company. The company approached Thomas Edison to finance the machine's manufacturer. He agreed to do so as long as the he received credit for its invention. From that point forward, the device was marketed as having been designed by Edison.

Description (physical):

H: 8 1/8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0044
Institution:
American Heritage Archives