April 14, 1894
Today in 1894 the first coin-operated motion picture "peep show" device went on public display in a New York City amusement arcade. It was called a Kinetoscope -- invented by Thomas Edison -- the forerunner of the motion picture projector. It was a viewer that held 50 feet of film -- about 13 seconds worth -- showing images of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill. The demonstration was actually called the first "peep show" since you had to peep into the device to see what was on the film. It would be several more years before movies were projected onto a screen...

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