Motography was a trade magazine that covered the film industry in the United States from 1909 to 1918. Published weekly, Motography was aimed primarily at film producers, distributors, and exhibitors.Image:motography-sample-cover

The magazine was founded by J. Searle Dawley, who would go on to become a prominent early film director in Hollywood. The publication covered a range of industry news, including information on new films being produced and upcoming releases.

Motography also included features on technological advancements in the industry, such as the development of sound and color in films. Additionally, the magazine featured interviews with actors and directors, as well as profiles of film studios and production companies.

One notable contribution of Motography was its advocacy for the creation of a standardized rating system for films. The magazine proposed a system of letter grades for films based on their content and appropriateness for different ages and audiences. Although this specific system was not adopted, it helped pave the way for the eventual creation of the Motion Picture Association of America's film rating system.

Motography was a valuable resource for those in the film industry during its publication, and the magazine's archives offer a unique glimpse into the early days of filmmaking in the United States.{{Categories}}

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