The Birth of Moving Pictures: Background information when reading The Girls in the Picture

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The Girls in the Picture

by Melanie Benjamin

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The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
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    Jan 2018, 448 pages
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    Jan 22, 2019, 464 pages

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The Birth of Moving Pictures

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Although the main characters in Melanie Benjamin's historical novel The Girls in the Picture are just breaking into the nascent film industry in the early 1900s, actual moving pictures had been around for decades. It all began in the United States, shortly after the American Civil War.

Eadweard MuybridgeIn the early 1870s, British born Eadweard Muybridge – a.k.a. Eadweard "Helios," Ted Muggeridge, Muygridge or E.J. Muggridge – then living in the States, was busy experimenting with the fascinating new art of photography. Described as solitary, peripatetic, unpredictable and nervous, Muybridge attracted the attention of staid, shrewd and ruthless California businessman Leland Stanford. The former California governor and founder of Stanford University also raised racehorses. One legend (for what legends are worth) has it that Stanford had a bet with an associate that in the course of their stride, at one point horses had all four hooves off the ground. Of course this was preposterous. ...

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