Anything signed by Skladanowsky is considered rare. On the lower white margin of the post card photograph, Skladanowsky has written, "A souvenir from the inventor of motion pictures, Max Skladanowsky." Skladanowsky played an important role in the invention and early development of motion picture technology. Max and his brother Emil Skladanowsky used their bioscope camera to display the first moving picture show to a paying audience on November 1, 1895. Because this occurred just before the December 28, 1895 public debut of the Lumière Brothers' technically superior Cinématographe in Paris, Skladanowsky could make the claim that he and his brother "invented" motion pictures. However, the Lumiere brothers had held a private viewing of their camera earlier in March of the same year. Skladanowsky's trade license was eventually not renewed, and the Lumiere camera won the contest for best motion picture camera of the time. Skladanowsky's company, Projektion für Alle, produced a number of short films between 1895 to 1905. "..of the many inventors who tried to adapt the double-projection system of dissolving magic lanterns, only Skladanowsky produced a commercially used and widely seen apparatus." [see victorian cinema for skladanowsky.].