Fight Pictures: A History of Boxing and Early Cinema

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Chronology
1894Edison produces the kinetoscope pictures Leonard-Cushing Fight and Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph
1895Latham’s eidoloscope projects Boxing Contest between Young Griffo and Charley Barnett (New York) for paying audiences
1897Veriscope’s Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight, first filmed prizefight (Carson City, Nevada)
1899American Mutoscope & Biograph records Jeffries-Sharkey Contest (Coney Island)
1900State of New York outlaws prizefights
1905Miles Bros. records Nelson-Britt Prize Fight (San Francisco)
1908Gaumont films Jack Johnson defeating Tommy Burns to become the first nonwhite heavyweight champion (Sydney, Australia)
1910Twelve cameras document Johnson beating “white hope” Jim Jeffries (Reno, Nevada)
1912United States bans interstate transport of fight pictures
1915L. Lawrence Weber tries to import his Willard-Johnson Boxing Match (Havana, Cuba); Supreme Court upholds federal ban in Weber v. Freed
1921Tex Rickard tests the ban, widely distributing The World’s Heavyweight Championship Contest between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier
1940Congress repeals the statute banning the transportation of prizefight films

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