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Don't fail to hear that wonderful talking machine the Gramophone, at the Opera House to-night. Laf. Adv. 1/9/1897.

A Most Wonderful Invention.

 Last Wednesday night the Jefferson theatre was filled practically to capacity to witness Edison's latest and possibly most wonderful accomplishment, talking pictures. The performance was carried through without  flaw and was enjoyed and marveled at by everyone present.

 The performance opened with a lecture, the lecturer was a moving picture and as he moved and talked the Kinetiscope spoke in absolute time with the motion of his lips, producing such an illusion that the audience involuntarily applauded. The lecturer, picture man, then introduced other pictures, ladies singing, musicians playing, dogs barking and always the Kintetiscope accompanied with the sounds timed exactly making everything almost real and actual.

 After the lecture a splendid program of comedy, music and drama was given, not a flaw occurring to mar the reality of the pictures. The performance was not alone wonderful, but delightfully entertaining. Manager Parkerson of the Jefferson is due thanks for securing this great attraction, giving the people of this city the opportunity of seeing this astonishing invention. As a great many did not see the pictures he is making an effort to secure a return engagement and has strong hopes of succeeding. Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1914.

Phonograph Talking Machine. - Mr. Austin Hession, wishes to inform his friends and the public that he has a Phonograph talking machine with fifty of the finest selection of songs, minstrel, bands, orchestra and solos by the most renowned artists, which he will exhibit at private homes or parties at a small cost. Leave all orders at the Railroad shaving parlor, near the depot. Lafayette Advertiser 4/9/1898.

Mr. Edmond Pellerin has in his store on exhibition, the world renowned Wilson Sewing Machine.   It is a superior instrument in every respect and possesses advantages that no others have. The ladies especially are invited to call and examine this useful and ornamental. Laf. Adv. 4/13/1878

From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 30th, 1898:

Dealing With the New Technologies that Supply Water and Lights.

Among other things,  the Council heard from D. L. Caffery, secretary of water works and electric lights who reported  to the  gentlemen of the Lafayette City Council as follows:

 "Gentlemen - Since commencing the work of installing lights into stores, offices and other houses, we have put up 248 incandescent lights, for this work I have collected and deposited with the city treasurer the sums of $177.05 and $55.05 since treasurer's report was submitted.

 The rent on these lights amounted to $100.25 for the month of March, for the month April, the revenue will be $150.00 more or less.

 In pursuance with instructions of your honorable body, I wired the residence of Rev. E. Forge not charging for installation.

 During the thirty days test of the waterworks and electric light plant, by the contractors, 56 tons of coal were used at an average cost of $3.71 per ton, making a total $217.77, owing to the fact that a great deal of experimenting and testing of both engines and boilers, was done during the thirty days. This accounts for the large quantity of coal used. As we have charged but four days, it is impossible at this time to make an intelligent estimate of the amount of coal that will be consumed daily.

 In compliance with instructions from the Hon. Mayor, I purchased from the lowest bidder, Fairbanks and Co. a tapping machine and the necessary pipe and fitting to make 50 taps, and the necessary tools to do the above work.

 The town now having charge of the plant, I will proceed with the placing of hydrants for persons desiring same, making rates that will induce liberal patronage, and at the same time be a source of revenue to the city.

 Owing to the fact that persons not connected with the plant have on several occasions tampered with the switches, and the arc lamps, and have tampered with the fire hydrants, I respectfully recommending to the City Council the passage of an ordinance, prohibiting this practice.

 Upon receipt of a certificate from the mayor and fire chief of Pensacola, Fla., to the effect that the hose reel was in good condition, and that it has a carrying capacity of 500 feet of hose, same was ordered shipped. It arrived in good order and was turned over to Fire Co. No. 2 The hose ordered from the Guta Percha and Rubber Co. is all that it represented to be as well as the hose cart. The cart was turned over to Fire Co. No. 1. Five hundred feet of the hose has not been tested on account of the muddy condition of the streets.
                 D. L. Caffery.
Ordered recorded and filed.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/30/1898.

On today's date in 1897 the Lafayette Advertiser revealed the First Motion Picture to play in Lafayette was at Falk's Opera House with a demonstration of the Thomas Edison's new Vita-Scope!

First Motion Picture in Lafayette? - The exhibition of the Edison Vitascope at Falk's Opera House this week was well attended. The operations of this wonderful instrument approach the marvelous, reproducing a thousand pictures with such rapidity that the eye is not able to detect the break in continuity and accepts the impression as one continuous movement.  Lafayette Advertiser 5/1/1897.

On the Road for Mr. Edison.

 We are pleased to learn through letter that our young friend W. G. Rogan, now absent from home on an exhibition tour with the Edison Phonograph with Charles C. Delhomme, of Breaux Bridge, has, thus far, met with a warm reception from the people of the towns through which he has yet passed, He says they have rarely failed to secure an intelligent and appreciative audience, and in addition to the fair compensation received for their services, have been assured by many pleasant evidences, of the satisfaction their performances with the Phonograph have given.

 In St. James Parish they were honored in a most special manner, by an admission to the Sacred Heart Convent and Jefferson College, and a full attendance of the Faculties and students of both institutions. They were furnished with fine halls free of charge and handsomely paid for their services. We hope our young friends with the Phonograph may continue to meet with success, and in due time return to their homes laden with the spoils.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1879:

Exhibited in New Orleans for the benefit of the Arena Club.

 Last night, Mr. H. L. Falk gave a practical demonstration of his X rays to the Arena Club, which had been invited by him to investigate his system.

 Quite a number of the members were present, and a committee, called the investigating committee, was appointed, consisting of Dr. J. M. Ferguson and Messrs. T. P. Flaherty, J. P. Thornbury and L. C. Ferrall.

 Dr. Ferguson's brain was first photographed, then the hand of Miss Bessie Runnels, who claimed that she had a portion of a needle in the flesh of her hand. This however, did not appear on the plate, which was explained by Mr. Falk, who said that evidently the bony structure of the hand interfered.

 The next photograph taken was that of the hand of Dr. Ferguson. During the war Dr. Ferguson received a pistol would in the hand, which resulted in shattering the bones of the hand in such a manner that the knuckle bones never assumed their normal shape. Before submitting his hand to be photographed, the doctor secreted a small watch key between the second and third fingers, without informing Mr. Falk. This was intended to be a test of the genuineness of the method used by Mr. Falk.

 The exposure was duly made, taking about twelve minutes, and when the plate was developed the peculiar structure of the shattered bones of the doctor's hand came out perfectly, as did the watch key, showing the shape of the key in such a manner that it was possible to recognize the object.
From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/13/1896. 

At the Gordon. - A Mechanical Harp at Gordon Hotel.  So many and various are the drop-a-nickel-in-the-slot machines that it is hardly proper to say that a new specimen is a novelty, nevertheless the one recently placed in the lobby of the Gordon Hotel almost deserves the term, for it is certainly a most ingenious mechanical-musical device. It is a harp played by automatic fingers. Drop a nickel in the slot, push the button at once harp music is a most pleasing kind entertains you. It is well worth seeing and hearing.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/14/1905.

A Force Pump. - Mr. John Vigneaux has a force pump in operation at his branch livery stable near the depot, and a sufficient length of hose to enable him to sprinkle the entire length of the his stable and the street and sidewalk for some distance around. These little pumps are a great comfort and convenience, and there should be more of them used here. The cost is light. Laf. Adv. 6/15/1889.

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