The You Tube Time Machine is a collection of audio and video snippets from 1860 (that is NOT a typo!) through 2010 that provide a history of movies, videos, and sound recordings. I rather enjoyed looking at some of the older ones, before 1920. These are really corny and it is difficult to imagine anyone paying money to see them. However, when moving pictures were still a novelty, I guess it didn't take much of a plot to entice audiences to watch.
The 1860 entry is a few seconds of the first sounds ever recorded, mentioned earlier in this newsletter at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2008/04/worlds-oldest-r.html
The You Tube Time Machine then skips to 1878 for a nine-second "video" that apparently was made by displaying multiple still pictures in rapid succession. By 1888, true "movies" are available.
Perhaps one of the more amusing entries is an 1889 Edison recording of Robert Browning reciting one of his own poems in which he forgets the verse in mid-recording.
The 1918 movie "Tarzan of the Apes" is more typical of the silent movies. Entries from the late 1900s and early 2000s show television shows, music videos, video games and more.
You can watch these interesting "history of media"episodes at http://yttm.tv/. Click and drag the icon on the timeline bar to select a year, then click on the PLAY icon.