To commemorate the occasion Pierre Fournier is presenting a week of relevant posts on his Frankensteinia blog. For an in depth article on the Edison Frankenstein, check out Fournier's posting "The First Frankenstein of the Movies" which was his first post of the week.
Eschewing the notion of stitching together a monster from parts of various corpses, the creation sequence in the 1910 film shows the monster forming in a cauldron. The effect is achieved by burning a crude dummy and running the film in reverse. CGI it ain't, but at the time it was miracle enough just to see images moving. Picture quality is pretty bad for the first few minutes but it soon clears up considerably. The movie clocks in at just under 13 minutes so it's worth investing a little time to get to know this little slice of film history.