In 1894, Thomas Edison filmed sharpshooter Annie Oakley in his Black Maria studio. He was testing a new device called the kinetograph, an electrically powered camera capable of capturing motion.
On December 7, 1877, Edison demonstrated his phonograph at the New York City offices of the nation's leading technical weekly publication, Scientific American.
Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated his new invention, the telephone, at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.
In the fall of 1922, a film crew came to West Orange, New Jersey to document Thomas Edison going about his day.