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The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated
Type of Company Production and distribution company
Country of Origination United States of America
Years of Operation Formed 8 June 1912
Active 1912 through at least July 1922
Company Principals Carl Laemmle, president (circa 1915)
William Swanson, general manager (circa 1912)
Mark M. Dintenfass (circa 1912)
Pat Powers (circa 1912)
Joseph Brandt, general manager (circa 1915)
Company Offices 225 West 42nd Street in New York, New York, USA (circa 1912)
1600 Broadway in New York, New York, USA (1913 thorugh circa 1915)
730 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, USA
Company Studios Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA
Gower Street and Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, USA (circa 1912 through 1915)
Lankershim Boulevard, Universal City, California, USA (1915 to present)

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, was a merger of IMP, Rex Film Company, American Éclair, Nestor Film Company, Powers Picture Plays, The Champion Film Company, Yankee Film Company and the New York Motion Picture Company. Later in 1912 Universal added the companies Republic and Gem, and distributed in the United States for Ambrosio and Itala. Universal also distributed productions by St. Louis Motion Picture Company (circa 1914).

Red Feather Photoplays was created in January 1916 as a Universal brand name.

One of Universal’s film exchanges, in 1915, was the Consolidated Film & Supply Company, 1900-1902 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas; Ned E. Depinet, manager.

The Universal brand names Victor Comedies and Joker Comedies discontinued in 1918.

In 1922, the corporation was reformed into Universal Pictures Corporation.

References: Brownlow-Parade pp. 32, 44, 82, 144, 159, 162, 213, 217; Miller-Comedies p. 5; Robinson-Palace pp. 116-117 : MovPicWorld-19130405 p. 5; UnivWeekly-19150612 pp. C, 10, 15, 33.

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