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Introduction: C. Francis Jenkins

Every filmmaker—from D.W. Griffith to Steven Spielberg—owes a debt of gratitude to C. Francis Jenkins, perhaps the least known inventor of his generation. Jenkins' legacy, however, is vast; His technologies gave rise to the motion picture industry that still captures our imaginations today.

Who was C. Francis Jenkins? What was the Phantoscope apparatus, and what did Jenkins contribute to motion pictures?

These pages hold the answers to these questions and tell the fascinating story of one man's work.

At right is the application that was submitted to The Franklin Institute's Committee on Science and the Arts to investigate C. Francis Jenkins for the Phantoscope.