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When the Fathers of Cinema Took on Chicago's Ferris Wheel

In 1896, a newly established movie company made its way to Chicago.

Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière are two of the first men whom film history students learn about. Because the brothers were, by all accounts, the first to screen films to a large paying audience, they are generally considered the fathers of modern cinema. ⁣⁣


In 1896, the Lumière company made its way to Chicago to film this massive Ferris wheel, which served as the centerpiece of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

The ride took about 20 minutes to make two revolutions, but based on the speed of this footage, you’d think the rotation would take a couple of days! ⁣


Learn more from us about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.


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