edison film of mark twain circa 1909


I’ve always wondered about the man’s mannerisms. This doesn’t quite satisfy that curiosity but it’s more than I ever thought I’d see.

True, I’ve had a vague but incessant obsession with the lettered curmudgeon since reading Innocents Abroad some time back in the 90’s, but I can’t be alone in finding this little piece of footage incredibly awesome.

Silent film footage taken in 1909 by Thomas Edison at Stormfield (CT) at Mark Twain’s estate. Twain is shown walking around his home and playing cards with his daughters Clara and Jean. The flickering is due to film deterioration, but this is the only known footage of the great author.

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