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August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Coleman's scoreboard invention." The Coleman Lifelike Scoreboard, with "pictures that move and play the game," made its debut at the National Theater in 1913, evidently taking 11 years to reach the state of perfection seen here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.