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C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television$
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Donald G. Godfrey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038280

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038280.001.0001

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C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television

Donald G. Godfrey

University of Illinois Press

This prologue recounts C. Francis Jenkins' first-ever demonstration of his camera-projector on a makeshift screen. Jenkins premiered his invention on June 6, 1894, for a small group of family and friends at the Jenkins and Company Jewelry Store in Richmond, Indiana. They watched as the screen showed lifelike images of “Annabelle the Dancing Girl,” a beautiful young lady dressed in a butterfly costume. As the ballerina lifted her skirt, she revealed her ankle, prompting the ladies in the audience, all Quakers, to storm out of the store in protest over such a display of nudity. This gesture might be considered the first film protest, but the demonstration changed the world of motion-picture film and paved the way for Jenkins' pioneering venture into television.

Keywords:   camera-projector, C. Francis Jenkins, motion-picture film, Jenkins and Company Jewelry Store, Indiana, Quakers, protest, television

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