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Watch the Only Footage of Mark Twain in Existence

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]

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