BURTON HOLMES - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 203293
Signature of the travel lecturer and film maker
Signature: "Burton Holmes", 5x3 card. Typed caption. Burton Holmes (1870-1958) began giving travel lectures in the 1890s, supplementing his talks with colored glass signs. He was quick to introduce the new motion picture technology into his presentations. Holmes, who coined the term "travelogue," described trips such as his visit to the first modern Olympic Games (1896), his journey on the trans-Siberian railroad, and his making of the first film in Japan (1899). His talks and films focused on the pleasant aspects of travel, avoiding politics and social problems. He collected many artifacts, which he eventually sold to Robert Ripley (of Believe It or Not). Two hundred reels of his film, long thought lost, were rediscovered in 2004 and are housed in the George Eastman House film museum. Fine condition.
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