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May Irwin and John Rice kiss, early Edison film, 1896
Original caption: "By May Irwin and John Rice. They get ready to kiss, begin to kiss, and kiss and kiss and kiss in a way that brings down the house every time." According to Edison film historian C. Musser, the actors staged their kiss for the camera at the request of the New York world newspaper, and the resulting film was the most popular Edison Vitascope film in 1896.
May Irwin and John Rice kiss, early Edison film, 1896 / Bridgeman Images