Fred Ott

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Fred Ott's Sneeze

Frederick P. Ott (1860; New Jersey – October 24, 1936; West Orange, New Jersey) was an employee of Thomas Edison's laboratory in the 1890s. His likeness appears in two of the earliest surviving motion pictures – Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (a.k.a. Fred Ott's Sneeze) and Fred Ott Holding a Bird – both from 1894.

In the former film, Ott takes a pinch of snuff, which causes him to sneeze.

Ott began working with Edison in 1874 and joined him on a long-term basis in 1893 at a research facility in Manhattan where Ott and Edison worked on the creation of an electric street light. He worked with Edison on his most notable inventions, retiring shortly after Edison's death in 1931. Ott died at his home in West Orange, New Jersey on October 24, 1936.[1]


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  1. ^ Staff. "Frederick P. Ott, Edison Aide, Dies; Became Associated With the Inventor in 1874, Working in Small Newark Plant, Assisted In Film Work Collaborated in Development of Motion Pictures, Electric Light and Phonograph", The New York Times, October 25, 1936. Accessed June 28, 2018. "West Orange, N. J,. Oct. 24. - Frederick P. Ott, for many years an associate of Thomas A. Edison and who worked with the late inventor in the development of the electric light, the phonograph and motion pictures, died at his home here today."

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