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Biograph Co. 1925 I/U Stock Certificate

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New Jersey, December 15th, 1925. 33 Shares I/U Capital Stock Certificate, Black text with brown border and underprint, Screaming Eagle on rock at top center. VF condition, Issued to Maurice Goodman and signed by Rodney D. Cliff as President, S/N -2182, ABNC. The Biograph Company, also known as the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, was a motion picture company. It was the first company in the United States devoted entirely to film production and exhibition, and for two decades was one of the most prolific, releasing over 3000 short films and 12 feature films. Biograph's history dates back to 1895 when an inventor and nickelodeon film producer, W. K. L. Dickson, who worked at the Thomas Edison laboratory discovered a way to capture life on moving images film. After this discovery, Edison became disinterested in this new novelty. Dickson left Edison in 1895, to form the first company that solely focused on the production of moving pictures. This company was the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. Biograph became the chief competitor to Edison and in 1896; the Biograph Projector showed the first projected images from an American film company to the first American movie theatre audience. Biograph was soon to become the leader in the new movie industry.1908 marked a turning point in Biograph's history when D. W. Griffith, an actor, was hired to direct for them. Many early stars began with Biograph, such as Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, and Lillian Gish. Under the direction of D. W. Griffith, Biograph's popularity and box-office receipts skyrocketed. Biograph innovated the close up, fade outs, dissolves and suspense editing but Biograph's main accomplishment was discovering a great –Little village – to shoot many of the Biograph films Hollywood, California. ABNC. This is the first issued example we have seen. previously it was only available as a specimen. Historic Movie industry stock certificate and company.