Louis Jean Lumiere, 1864 – 1948

October 5, 1864 – Birthdate of Louis Jean Lumiere, French director and producer (d. 1948).

The Lumière brothers, Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas and Louis Jean were the first filmmakers in history. They patented the cinematograph, which in contrast to Edison’s “peepshow” kinetoscope allowed simultaneous viewing by multiple parties. Their first film, Sortie de l’usine Lumière de Lyon, shot in 1894, is considered the first true motion picture.

This stamp, issued in 1994 by Correos – the postal service of Spain – commemorates the centenary of cinema.

lumiere_auguste and louis lumiere


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