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Firsts in the recording of sight and sound

These 'Firsts' pages are built so as to reflect two different aspects of the subject, as follows:

The technology

The human subject

Introductory notes

This series of pages was created in response to my own frustration at not being able to find this material in one place on the Internet, not to mention the wealth of misinformation available.

Where 'first' differs from 'earliest surviving', I have tried to include both, where known.


If you find factual errors, or know of useful information that would improve these pages, I really want to hear from you.


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These pages were last revised on 2019-07-08.