Lyman Hakes Howe (1856–1923) was an American entertainer and early filmmaker. He entered the entertainment industry in 1883, began touring with a phonograph in 1890, and showed his first movies in 1896. He was the first person to use a phonograph and other background sound effects in movies. Howe was active in the eastern United States and Canada. While Howe died in 1923, his film company continued operating for a number of years after his death, into the Great Depression.

Lyman Hakes Howe (1856–1923) was an American entertainer and early filmmaker. He entered the entertainment industry in 1883, began touring with a phonograph in 1890, and showed his first movies in 1896. He was the first person to use a phonograph and other background sound effects in movies. Howe was active in the eastern United States and Canada. While Howe died in 1923, his film company continued operating for a number of years after his death, into the Great Depression.

Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince was an inventor who shot the first moving pictures on paper film using a single lens camera. He has been heralded as the "Father of Cinematography" since 1930. He was never able to perform a planned public demonstration in the United States because he mysteriously vanished from a train on 16 September 1890. Le Prince's disappearance allowed Thomas Edison to take the credit for the invention of motion pictures.

Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince was an inventor who shot the first moving pictures on paper film using a single lens camera. He has been heralded as the "Father of Cinematography" since 1930. He was never able to perform a planned public demonstration in the United States because he mysteriously vanished from a train on 16 September 1890. Le Prince's disappearance allowed Thomas Edison to take the credit for the invention of motion pictures.

Vaudeville was a genre of variety entertainment prevalent on the stage in the United States and Canada, from the early 1880s until the early 1930s.    It...

Vaudeville was a genre of variety entertainment prevalent on the stage in the United States and Canada, from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. It...

Dec. 21, 1933: From the Mid-Week Pictorial. Americans visiting Paris celebrated the end of Prohibition in the United States in a “real two-fisted manner,” its original caption stated. Photo: The New York Times

Dec. 21, 1933: From the Mid-Week Pictorial. Americans visiting Paris celebrated the end of Prohibition in the United States in a “real two-fisted manner,” its original caption stated. Photo: The New York Times

great depression photographers | From the Great Depression to World War II - Photos from the American ...

great depression photographers | From the Great Depression to World War II - Photos from the American ...

Nina Mae McKinney c.1920:Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe, she was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States and was one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.

Nina Mae McKinney c.1920:Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe, she was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States and was one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.

Harry T. Burn, U.S. politician. His was the passing vote that allowed women to vote.

Hump Day Presents: Historical Hotties

Harry T. Burn, U.S. politician. His was the passing vote that allowed women to vote.

Gordon Parks - Photographer http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackheritage/2339907528/in/photostream/

Gordon Parks - Photographer http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackheritage/2339907528/in/photostream/

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