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American Artifacts: Early Motion Pictures

1907 Paper Copy of D.W. Griffith's

1907 Paper Copy of D.W. Griffith's "Lonely Villa."

Culpeper, Virginia
Sunday, July 14, 2013

American History TV visited the Library of Congress Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia to learn about films from the earliest era of motion pictures produced between 1894 and 1912, the "Paper Print Collection." Over 3,000 paper prints were created for copyright purposes, and have been preserved for over 100 years.

The extreme scarcity of early motion pictures means these paper prints preserve a rare glimpse of American life in the late 19th and early 20th century. Our guide to the collection is Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image Section of the Library of Congress.

Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:11am (ET)

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