Frederick P. Ott (1860; New Jersey – October 24, 1936; West Orange, New Jersey) was an employee of Thomas Edison's laboratory in the 1890s.
Edison was then experimenting with the kinetoscope, an early version of the motion picture exhibition device.
|Interior view of Kinetoscope with peephole viewer at top of cabinet|
Fred Ott appears in one of the earliest surviving motion pictures – Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze.
|1894 Kinetoscope of Fred Ott taking a pinch of snuff and then sneezing, taken by Thomas Edison's laboratory|
The Kinetoscope was an immediate success and by June 1, 1894 there were operating commercial venues in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
|Publicity or news photograph of San Francisco Kinetoscope parlor, ca. 1894–95|