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Annie Oakley: Little Sureshot

In 1894, the famous gunslinger, Annie Oakley came to Edison’s Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey. Edison wanted to see if his kinetograph — a primitive version of a movie camera — was sensitive enough to capture the smoke from Oakley’s gun. The experiment was a success, as you can see in this short, silent film of “Little Sureshot” demonstrating her marksmanship. 

Watch more of Edison's early motion pictures from The Library of Congress

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