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100 Years Ago… The Photo Drama of Creation


A world war unprecedented in history broke out. Another unprecedented event occurred. The film, THE PHOTO DRAMA OF CREATION premiered; making 1914 a year that will never be forgotten!

As the twentieth century dawned many new social and religious changes were being proclaimed. Modernism and humanism were gaining control of theological thinking. The tendency of the newer thoughts was to question the authenticity of the Scriptures which put many on a fast-moving track toward higher criticism and infidelity.

In this day when faith in the Bible was being severely challenged and the world was entering the earth-shaking events of the First World War; THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION, offered the most remarkable religious exhibitions the world had yet seen.

Imagine the historic scene: on this day in January 1914, during the era of silent movies, an audience gathered at The Temple, a building on West 63rd Street, in New York City. Before the audience was a large motion-picture screen. As they watched and listened, something truly amazing happened. A distinguished white haired man in his early 60’s suddenly appeared on the screen. His lips began to move, and his words could be heard! The 5,000 spectators sat spellbound, as they viewed the premiere of THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION!

This awe inspiring production has the distinction of being the first major screenplay which incorporated synchronized sound, moving film, and color slides. This striking presentation took the audience from earth’s creation, down through 49,000 years of human history, to the climax of God’s purpose for the earth and mankind, at the end of Christ’s Millennial Reign. Never before had sound and color been incorporated into an “epic length” production, such as this; a production that not only broke all records in technology but also in attendance, which was consistently astronomical. By the end of 1914, the “Photo-Drama” had been presented before over 9,000,000 people in North America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.

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2 comments to 100 Years Ago… The Photo Drama of Creation

  • hank

    To Anonymous;

    About 8 to million people saw and heard parts of it in 1914. And it continued being shown around the world by the WT group until about 1923 or later.

    Can’t help how people back then showed more interest in the Bible, even if just to learn a bit. Now days, many don’t even really know what it is.

    What did you like about it?

  • Anonymous

    Amazing !!!

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