Motion Picture Research Commemoration Plaque - Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA
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N 37° 25.675 W 122° 10.217
10S E 573409 N 4142667
Quick Description: This historical marker notes the historic occasion of motion picture research conducted in 1879 and now the site of Stanford University.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/6/2015 11:41:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMNMZH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
Located in the SW corner of Memorial Court on the Stanford University campus is a bronze plaque, one of a number of plaques located within the Quad. This particular plaque commemorates the historic occasion when motion picture research was conducted on the Palo Alto Farm (now Stanford University). The plaque reads:

IN COMMEMORATION OF
THE MOTION PICTURE RESEARCH CONDUCTED
IN 1878 AND 1879 AT THE PALO ALTO FARM
NOW THE SITE OF STANFORD UNIVERSITY

THIS EXTENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIMENT
PORTRAYING THE ATTITUDES OF MEN AND
ANIMALS IN MOTION WAS CONCEIVED
BY AND EXECUTED UNDER THE DIRECTION
AND PATRONAGE OF
LELAND STANFORD
CONSECUTIVE IN STANTANEOUS EXPOSURES
WERE PROVIDED FOR BY A BATTERY OF TWENTY
FOUR CAMERAS FITTED WITH ELECTRO SHUTTERS

EADWEARD J MUYBRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHER
CARRIED OUT THE INVESTIGATION AND SHOWED THAT
THE PHOTOGRAPHS COULD BE COMBINED IN PROJECTION
TO GIVE THE TRUE APEARANCE OF MOTION

JOHN D ISAACS MECHANICAL ENGINEER
ADVANCED THE RESEARCH BY
DEVISING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

J D B STILLMAN, MD
ANALYSED THE PHOTOGRAPHS RELATING
TO THE LOCOMOTION OF THE HORSE

THIS TABLET ERECTED BY STANFORD UNIVERSITY MAY 8 1929

This plaque commemorates the earliest known projection of moving images in the world, a very poignant occasion at the time. Eadweard Muybridge, the director of these images would later experiment with projecting moving images of men, women and children in various states of movement. Muybridge was a true pioneer of his day and his groundbreaking work with projecting moving images would inspire others in moving closer to inventing the movie camera.

Wikipedia contains a great article surrounding the events of this commemorative plaque and even contains an imbedded GIF animation of Muybridge's first moving images of a horse (Sallie) galloping on Palo Alto Farm. Click the link below to view it.

Group that erected the marker: Stanford University

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Stanford University
Memorial Court
Palo Alto, CA USA


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