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Le Prince's, 16 lens camera, 1887, Front view

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Le Prince
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1887. Image shows the front view of Louis Le Prince's 16 lens camera built in 1887. Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince (1842-1890?) had applied for an American patent entitled 'Method and Apparatus of Producing Animated Photographic Pictures'. He returned to Leeds from the States in 1887 and began to further develop his cameras at Number 160 Woodhouse Lane, a workshop adjacent to Blenheim Chapel. Le Prince was assisted by his son Adolph, Joseph Whitley, a clever mechanic, J.W.Longley and local joiner, Frederick Mason of the firm William Mason and Sons, 150 Woodhouse Lane. The 16 lenses, as seen here, centre, act on two sensitive films. The first 8 operate on one film in rapid succession, then, as the first film is moved forward, the next 8 lenses operate on the second film. The shutters on the lenses are opened in the correct order by means of a system of 'mutilated gears' to which they are attached. Louis Le Prince went on to develop more compact, less noisy cameras at his workshop in Woodhouse Lane and is famous for his single lens camera, patented in 1888. With this he successfully produced short sequences of moving film. Louis Le Prince's first film was on 14 October 1888. It is known as the "Roundhay Garden Scene" as it was shot in the garden of Oakwood Grange, Roundhay. It is the first movie on the reel of film, the second being the more famous Leeds Bridge scene. For a film clip of the Leeds Bridge sequence seee http://www.archive.org/details/Leeds_Bridge_1888 For further information on Le Prince see the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0392728/

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Kev Wilson

Comment:
Louis Le Prince Lived at 16 Sholebrook Avenue, Chapeltown (which is still occupied)and made a short film in the front garden.

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Name:
jack mitchell

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Blimey,I didn't know he lived so close to me,before my time of course.

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astrojack7mars@msn.com

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Paul Stott

Comment:
I saw an interesting documentary some years ago about le prince which highlighted his mysterious dissappearance on a train journey in his country France while visiting his family.It was muted that he had been murdered by associates of Thomas Edison who later laid claim to the first moving pictures.

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murray freedman

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I am surprised that, as far as I know,there is no remembrance of Le Prince in Leeds in the form of a street name etc.

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mpfreed@bigfoot.com

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L.Darby

Comment:
im gob smacked that nobody has followed this up!! if le princes film was the first moving picture then hollywood has alot to thanks leeds for!!

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donkey-darby@hotmail.com

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Name:
sgreig@ntlworld.com

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I seriously doubt the Louis Le prince lived in Sholebroke Avenue after having spent three hours unable to find any corroborating evidence. Could the claimant above be kind enough to send me his source.

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sgreig@ntlworld.com

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John Drake

Comment:
Loise Le Prince lived in Oakwood Grange, which was demolished in 1972, but I have lived at various addresses in my lifetime and so could he. My understanding is that most of the information on Louise Le Prince is kept at Armley Mills museum.

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johndrake2007@yahoo.co.uk

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michael bell

Comment:
My great grandfather was a cabdriver in 1887 and colleced his passengers from leeds station and he would be 37yrs old when the first moving pictures were taken of leeds bridge, perhaps he was the first movie star it would really be something to find out. Yes and he lived in St james street which is now under the tech college and only a stones throw from louise le prince workshop. Where do I find old photos showing streets of working cab drivers in the centre of leeds.

Date:
11-Oct-2008

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MAK.Bell@virgin.net

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Paul Castelow

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My grandmother, Ethel Mason was niece of Frederick who made the cabinet/Case of the camera. Would be interested in hearing from any relatives with further knowledge.

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26-Aug-2009

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Judith Curtis

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James William Longley was the nephew of my 3x Great Grandfather - just discovered him on my family tree. Have just read a book called 'The Missing Reel' by Christopher Rawlence. This book tells the whole story of Mr Le Prince and his invention - would recommend this to anyone interested in Louis Le Prince - particularly you Paul, if you are related to Frederick Mason.

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18-Sep-2009

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class 7

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omg this is like totally old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date:
01-Dec-2009

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gingernut@hotmail.co.uk

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Dominic Case

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If Judith Curtis reads this again, please contact me - I'm keen to discover JW Longley's relationship (if any) to my Longley ancestors in Leeds.

Date:
15-Jun-2010

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dominicjcase@gmail.com

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John Drake

Comment:
The Roundhay Garden Scene was shot in the garden of Oakwood Grange, but the scene was of Oakwood Hall (next door) which is still standing and used by Leeds City Council social services.

Date:
28-Sep-2010

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johndrake2007@yahoo.co.uk

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mandy longley

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obviously a relation to j w longley and judith curtis my couisin

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14-Jun-2011

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Ed Longley

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I would be very interested in talking to Judith Curtis or Mandy Longley as I'm also investigating any connection between my line of Leeds Longleys and James William (Jim) Longley. Many thanks. Ed.

Date:
06-Sep-2011

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elongley@yahoo.com

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chris rawlence

Comment:
Le Prince never LIVED at 16 Sholebroke Ave. He bought the plot that the current house was developed on. I followed this up when I wrote the book - and lived at no 16 myself. One of the reasons that the house is still standing is the Le Pronce connection - that we cited when trying to prevent LCC demolishing it. I know plenty more about this.

Date:
18-Nov-2011

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chris.rawlence@rosettalife.org

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Rose Taylor

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Can anyone help please - I am trying to prove that Joseph Whitley is my g g uncle - can anyone tell me who his parents are and/or his siblings. Thanks

Date:
03-Jan-2012

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rose.taylor@btinternet.com

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Miles Thompson

Comment:
I was very interested in this information as my great great Grandfather was William Mason of Mason and Sons joiners. He and the Mason family were quakers.

Date:
23-Nov-2013

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Miles Thompson

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William Mason of Mason and Sons Joiners was my great great grandfather. I note the message from Paul Castelow and would be interested to hear from him, as I have information about the Mason family.

Date:
23-Nov-2013

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fluffymilo@hotmail.com

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