Well, this is pretty amazing. In this short silent film, the only known footage of Mark Twain in the world, we get to catch a glimpse of the legendary author doing the things that we have always dreamed about him doing — ambling about his estate in his signature white suit, smoking his cigar, having tea with his daughters, and looking amiably crotchety all the while — as captured by Thomas Edison (!) in 1909. Click through to watch this tiny snippet of history, and then go read some Twain.
[via The Smithsonian]