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And it’s the first moving pictures of a ‘BMX bar-spin’, too.
Thomas Edison, the American inventor and businessman who developed key devices such as the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb*, also worked on an early motion picture camera, the Kinetograph.
More than 300 of his early films survive, starting with a camera test dated to 1891. The clip above of a trick cyclist riding a fixed wheel bike was shot in 1899 by the Edison Manufacturing Co.
A longer version of this YouTube clip is now available on the Quickrelease.tv podcast via iTunes and as direct download via Libsyn.com. This long-play version includes a second helping of the 1899 clip, set to ‘No cure’ by Pain Factor, available from http://www.magnatune.com
* Joseph Swann of Newcastle on Tyne, my home town, invented the first light bulb. Edison patented his a year after Swann and had to later withdraw his US patent.
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