by Emma Ginnell and Taylor Wilhelm

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Thomas Edison

Impact on Hollywood

This picture is Thomas Edison, perhaps the Father of the Film Industry, creating the first and almost all film production cameras in his company Edison Films. He owned most of the patents involved in the film industry and overpowered anyone who tried to make a name for themselves in their own studios or the production of films. This caused all other film producers and anyone whom wanted to deal with motion pictures to move as far away from Edison's eastern base, and to Hollywood in sunny California. Thomas Edison was a key component in the roaring start of the societal changing film capital of the world in the 1920's and his monopolistic impact morphed Hollywood into what it is today.
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Infamous Hollywood Sign

How It All Began

This picture is an original picture of the legendary Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California. The sign was constructed in 1923 by Harry Chandler for 21,000 dollars as an effort to lure people to the real estate and life style of LA and the up and coming Hollywood. The sign has evolved since the original "Hollywoodland" was proudly displayed atop the hills, but the sign itself has stood to be an iconic representation of Hollywood known all around the world. The creation of the Hollywood sign proves to show how vital the roaring ways of the 20's were with their impact that lasts forever.
The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery

First Movie

This clip is the original and first movie created, The Great Train Robbery. The film was directed by Edwin Porter who was an employee at Edison Films. It was a narrative film, around 10 minutes in length with only 14 scenes and was filmed and produced in 1903. This film was the groundbreaker for the movie industry and included many first time techniques in filmmaking and production. The movie had a vital impact on all other movies created after, and opened up the stage for the film industry as a whole. This innovation in technology and ground rules of a movie enabled the 1920s to develop the films and societal lifestyle that they had.
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Map of Hollywood

This is a very early map of Hollywood, this is a couple years after it was first settled making it underdeveloped. The significance of this map is that it doesn't appear as a big media creating city, but the roaring 20's were such a time of change and success that Holleywood became much bigger than it appears on the map as well as gaining a ton of publicity because of their content. This was included in the exhibit because it shows the start of Hollywood and if you compare it to the beggining of the roaring 20's and the end of the roaring 20's you can see the success they had and how quickly they added to the city. This made the 1920's roaring because this type of media was a new thing and right off the bat this city was a powerhouse for creating entertaining media as well giving out plenty of opportunity for those looking for fame.
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The Projector

Innovative Inventions

Shown above is an original image of the first projector that was ever created, arguably the most important invention for Hollywood and essentially led to the beginning of the movie industry as a whole. The projector was invented by Scottish William Dickson in 1892 who worked for the popular Thomas Edison. The first cinematic projector was named the "Kinetoscope". Due to the fact that Dickson worked for Edison, Edison's name went on patent and claimed all credit and glory for the piece of technology that changed society forever. Without this progress in technology, Hollywood would not have blossomed into the film capital of the world as it is today and it was a critical point in American history. The projector was an attribute that made the 1920's and exciting point in history and added to the shift in society's views and recreation.
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The "legendary" silent actress Mary Pickford

This picture displays Mary Pickford, one the the most well known actresses of the 1920's. The significance that actors like her brought were that fame started to spread to other people rather than very important political icons. The importance of this resource is that film and acting gave a good opportunity for woman to gain some publicity and even some fame. Mary Pickford played in many movies throughout the 1920's such as Coquette, The Poor Little Rich, and Daddy-Long-Legs as well as receiving a lot of public attention for her work. This helped the 1920's roar because actresses were being treated equal and getting a fair share of publicity as well as making entertainment for people across the U.S.
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The Covered Wagon Manuscript

This is the first page of what is basically a manuscript for the silent film "The Covered Wagon". The significance of the Manuscripts was for entertainment purposes only, silent films were huge in the 1920's because they were pretty easy to follow and had their fair share of comedy. This was added to the exhibit because this is what was trending in the 1920's. 1929 is when movies with words started overtaking silent films. Films made the 1920's roaring for sure, they were a new type of entertainment with loads of people who enjoyed them, making Hollywood the name it is today, this just goes to show how successful the media they put out was back than.


The link above is a script of a movie produced in Hollywood in 1922. The signifance of the script is that it was one of the first ficiton films to be produced in Hollywood (vampire film). This was added to the exhibit because it showed the creativity of the Hollywood producers being able to put out entertaining film that was successful as well as being able to get a taste of what some of the movie scripts were like back in 1920's. This film definitely made the 1920's roaring because of ground breaking story and the newly developed filming strategies that made people want to keep watching.

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All about the Hollywood Sign


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Learn more about the "legendary" silent actress Mary Pickford


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Learn all about Thomas Edison


Other Hollywood classics


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"To C. Francis Jenkins We Owe the Motion Picture." ---Homer Croy, Author & Screenwriter." Charles Francis Jenkins, Motion Picture Projector & Television Pioneer.Web. 23 Mar. 2015.