Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Varioscopes to be Operated at the Corbett-Fitzsimmons Contest -- November 18, 2015

Phonoscope, January-February 1897

Enoch J Rector created the 63mm Veriscope (the article calls it the "varioscope"), which recorded and projected 63mm wide-screen views of the 17-March-1897 fight between heavyweight champion James J Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons at Carson City, Nevada.  Fitzsimmons won by a knockout in the 14th round.  Rector captured all 14 rounds, a prologue with former champ John L Sullivan, and an epilogue showing the arena after the fight, when the crowd stormed the ring.  Much of the film is lost, but the surviving pieces have been transferred to 35mm film.

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