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The Rise of Industry

What inventions improved communication in the 1800's?

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Just thinking about it, I's say the telegraph was a revolutionary piece of communications equipment. Quick communication over vast distances really changed everything in terms of communicating. Although Typewriters were around before the 1800's, they were greatly refined and used in mass quantities through the 1800's.

There was also the The Kinetoscope.

The Kinetoscope is an early motion picture exhibition device. Though not a movie projector—it was designed for films to be viewed individually through the window of a cabinet housing its components—the Kinetoscope introduced the basic approach that would become the standard for all cinematic projection before the advent of video: it creates the illusion of movement by conveying a strip of perforated film bearing sequential images over a light source with a high-speed shutter. First described in conceptual terms by U.S. inventor Thomas Edison in 1888, it was largely developed by his employee William Kennedy Laurie Dickson between 1889 and 1892. Dickson and his team at the Edison lab also devised the Kinetograph, an innovative motion picture camera with rapid intermittent, or stop-and-go, film movement, to photograph movies for in-house experiments and, eventually, commercial Kinetoscope presentations.