January 1894: “Fred Ott’s Sneeze”

“Fred Ott’s Sneeze” by the Edison Manufacturing Company was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States. In the five-second film, one of Thomas Edison’s assistants, Fred Ott, takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. The film was recorded between January 2, 1894 and January 7, 1894″

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4 Responses

  1. OldChina

    Why did he even bother with his hanky? “Ott’s snot”, more like.

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  2. LeoBassy

    Dear lord, one of the 1st motion pictures and even it is a fake! Fred didn’t really take a pinch and that sneeze ain’t real.

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    • JeffRbee

      You said, “Dear lord, one of the 1st motion pictures and even it is a fake! Fred didn’t really take a pinch and that sneeze ain’t real.”
      Yes.
      It’s called “performing”. Storytelling. Even documentary movies involve the director, shooter “performing” their idea.
      When we’re with other people we often “perform” our social selves. Fake it, as we “obey” the rules of our culture.
      Even as we, ourselves, observe something, our background and assumptions interpret – “fictionalize” what we see.
      Even language itself: Women are sluts, men are studs. Fiction.

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