“TO GIVE THE PUBLIC BETTER PICTURES”

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That’s a reason given for why the nine companies holding a patent monopoly over moving picture technology created General Film Company, a trust by which virtually all moving picture companies have been consolidated into one entity. One of the executives who set up the trust gave stark testimony on this point, Henry X. Marvin, when called as a witness in the government’s lawsuit to break up the trust:

How many of the 116 firms in business before the organization of the General Films company are now in business and holding films made by manufacturers who are in the Patents company?” government counsel asked.¬† “Only one,” relied Marvin, naming the Greater New York Film company.

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