Saturday, January 15, 2011


In 1896, India was first exposed to motion pictures when the Lumiere Brothers' Chinematographe showed six soundless short films on July 7 in Bombay.

[Watson's Hotel, currently known as the Esplanade Mansion, is India's oldest surviving cast iron building. It is located in the Kala Ghoda area of Mumbai (Bombay). Named after its original owner, John Watson, the building was fabricated in England and constructed on site between 1860 and 1863. (Wikipedia)]

Among the hotel's notable guests was Mark Twain, who wrote about the city's crows he saw outside his balcony in Following the Equator. It was also the first place in India to screen the Lumière BrothersCinematographe invention in 1896. However this was witnessed only by Europeans.
A popular myth surround the hotel was that the staff at Watson's Hotel denied Indian industrialist Jamsetji Tata 
access to the hotel. In retaliation he opened the Taj Hotel,
 a hotel that stands near the Gateway of India, in 1903. However, author and historian Sharada Dwived idebunks this legend. She points out a lack of evidence to prove that Tata was a man of vengeance.
On 13 June 2010, the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) gave its approval for the 130-year-old structure to be restored. The restoration work will be carried out by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

The Lumière Brothers
Les frères Lumière
Fratelli Lumiere.jpg
Auguste Lumière (left) and Louis Lumière (right)
Place of birthBesançonFrance
AugusteAuguste Marie Louis Nicolas Lumière
October 19, 1862
April 10, 1954 (aged 91) (Lyon, France)
LouisLouis Jean Lumière
October 5, 1864
June 6, 1948 (aged 83) (Bandol, French Riviera)
EducationLa Martiniere Lyon
ParentsClaude-Antoine Lumière (1840–1895)
AwardsElliott Cresson Medal (1909)

Bombay(Mumbai) Esplanade 1905

Watson's Hotel is located in Mumbai
Watson's hotel, now known as Esplanade Mansions at Kala Ghoda
Coordinates18.9283°N 72.8311°E
Structural systemCast iron
ClientJohn Watson
ArchitectRowland Mason Ordish
EngineerRowland Mason Ordish

Oldest photographs in the world1826

Edison kinetoscope films 1894 -1896

The Lumiere Brothers' - First films (1895)

The world's first film poster, for 1895's L'Arroseur Arrosé

l'arroseur arrosé:-FILM

Cinematographe Lumière. Museu del Cinema[FILM PROJECTOR 
The Frenchman Louis Lumiere is often credited as inventing the first motion picture camera in 1895. But in truth, several others had made similar inventions around the same time as Lumiere. What Lumiere invented was a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector called the Cinematographe, three functions covered in one invention.
 In 1895, Lumiere and his brother were the first to present projected, moving, photographic, pictures to a paying audience of more that one person.

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  9. Annie Oakley (1894) - William K.L. Dickson | William Heise | Thomas Edison

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Later in 1896, Edison showed his improved Vitascope projector and it was the first commercially, successful, projector in the U.S..
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Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope Open - Film was threaded on rollers as a continuous ribbon.


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