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Discover objects tracing the technological development of motion pictures, both professional and amateur. Explore significant items from pre-cinema optical toys and film pioneer Louis Le Prince�s cameras to contemporary technologies.
The Dance in the Park
Framed and glazed silhouette artwork title The Dance in the Park by Lotte Reiniger, 1956. Signed by artist. The work was created by Reiniger as a birthday present for the object donor.
Prestwich cinematographic camera
Prestwich cinematographic camera, used by Mr H.G. Ponting in Scott's Antarctic Expedition, 1910.
Man and wet paint
A magic lantern slipping slide depicting a man with wet paint on his back, made by an unknown artist in 1870. The first slide shows the man leaning against the railings, ignoring the 'Wet Paint' sign written on the pavement.
Paul's Cinematograph Camera No 2
Early Kinematograph apparatus by Robert Paul, London, 1896. One camera with continuous feed. This camera was possibly used to film Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee procession in June 1897.
Le Prince Single-lens Cine Camera
One-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888.
Cinematograph camera, with intermittent 'dog motion', for 35mm film, made by Birt Acres in c 1897-1898. Seperate side shutter. Made before the first public showing of motion pictures and is an experimental camera. The viewfinder, drive wheel, spindle and handle have been added later to make the camera complete.
Bol Cinégraphe 35mm cine camera
Cinegraphe Bol camera, 1924. Cine camera for 35mm film in metal chargers. Serial No 6604. Bolar lens by Kern, Switzerland, F:55mm f/2-9 in focusing mount, Serial No 2434. Hand turned (crank missing) 8 toothed claw, 2 sprocket cylindrical shutter. Provision for use as projector, open gate, shuttered slots for external reels. Rotating film counter, calibrated for 30 meters. Large folding frame viewfinder with pendulum level, unusual design, incorporating distance scale on transparent inset sheet - focusing pointer visible from rear of camera. 'Chimneypot' exposure calculator on side of camera.
Cine-Kodak Special II Camera
Cine-Kodak Special II camera. Cinecamera for 16mm film, 100' load. Turret with two lenses; Kodak Anastigmat F:25mm f/1.9 and Kodak Anastigmat F:2 1/2 inches, f/2.7; on 2-point bayonet mounts; folding optical frame finder, critical refelx focuser behind lens; clockwork drive 8-64 fps, single frame. Adjustable shutter - totally closing. Backwind, single frame shaft, hand turning option; interchangeable film magazine. Frame and footage counters. Control panel cover replaced by one form CK Special II.
Kodak Kodascope Model B 16mm projector
Kodascope Model B projector. For 16mm silent film, self threading. Fitted with an anastigmat projection lens F: 2 inches. Helical focusing in sliding mount. Single continuous sprocket, claw intermittent. Mirror and condenser lens system lights gate at right angle to lamp. 50v 250w A1 prefocus lamp. Framing control on lens mount. Rheostat controls for lamp and motor fitted ammeter 1-5A. Threading light. Power rewind. Screw elevation. Automatic threading onto take up reel through adjustable film guides. On-off and forward-reverse switches. No. K 11025. Eastman Kodak.
Paillard-Bolex B8 8mm cine camera
Paillard-Bolex B8 cinecamera. Made in Switzerland. Standard 8mm. Yvar lens F:13mm f/1.9, No. 548378, and Kinotel lens F:38mm f/1.9, No. 2094, in two lens turret. Clockwork drive 8-64 fps. Totaly closing adjustable shutter. No. 616799.
Le Praxinoscope, made by Emil Reynaud, Paris. 12.5cm diameter drum; two facet mirror drum. French patent 120484, 30 August 1877 'Appareil pour obtenir l'illusion du mouvement a l'aide de glaces mobiles'. Six complete bands, plus fragments.
Ross 'Wheel of Life' magic lantern slide
Lantern slide with mica disc printed with 19 phases of running man and single slot shutter disc, both rotated by spring belt and pulley drives from single handle.
Two Kineograph Flicker Books
Flicker books (2): windmill, illustration in original patent, cover and 1st pages missing; dancing skeleton. Linnett's patent.
Arriflex 2C 35mm cine camera
35mm Arriflex IIC cine camera; body number C8587, wild motor number VR661949, constant speed mains synch motor, 24fps, plus parts, number 1867, bellow matte box (400ft magazine on camera), etched ground glasses, swan neck, cables for different motors. On fixed mount, with power cable. Serial Nunber 3452. Fitted with three lenses; Taylor Hobson 50mm lens, Serial No 516420; 75mm Speed Panchro lens, f2; Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon lens 1:2/28, Serial Number 3087691.
Mice and Cheese
Gear-type lantern slide of a cat chasing mice over a table, with a chromatrope border.
Roast meat attacks a man
A magic lantern slipping slide showing a man being attacked by his roast dinner, made by an unknown artist in 1870. The first part of the slide shows the man about to begin eating the animal on his plate, fork in hand.
Poster for the Granville Theatre of Varieties
A Music Hall poster for the Granville Theatre of Varieties, Walham Green, printed by Oldfield and Company in 1898. The poster advertises the acts for the week beginning Monday 10th October, at the top of the bill is 'Edison's Life-Size Animated Pictures'.
RCA Sound Camera
RCA Sound cinecamera. Cinecamera for 16mm film, 100 foot reels. Wollensak Velostigmat lens f/3.5-16, in three-lens turret, screw mount. Clockwork motor drive, 16-24 feet per second. Single sprocket and claw mechanism. Sound recording head, 4 volt 0.75 amp lamp lit from three dry cells. Level adjusting screw. Critical focusing device (under red rubber cap). Direct vision optical finder with frames for three lenses. Paralax compensated rear lens. Footage indicator working on feed spool. Light from lamp falls on recording slit via mirror fitted on 'microphone' diaphragm. Serial No 1341. RCA Victor Co Inc, Camden, NJ.
Waterfall by night
A dissolving magic lantern slide showing a waterfall by night. The waterfall is possibly Niagara Falls. The other slide in the pair shows the waterfall by day.
Scene from 'The Heart of Stone', Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide depicting a scene from the German fairy tale 'The Heart of Stone', painted by an unknown artist and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London. One of a collection of 27 hand painted magic lantern slides at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
Cranked lantern slide with moiré pattern
A magic lantern cranked slide which produces moiré patterns, made by an unknown maker in 1850. The slide consists of two discs of perforated metal, one fixed, one rotated by means of the handle. As it turns, it produces a range of moiré patterns on the screen.
Prestwich 35mm cine camera
For 35mm film in 300' internal magazines. No lens; claw intermittent, two sprockets; through-film critical focusing; footage counter; hand turned; single frame shaft. Lens missing.
Ciniola 35mm picture and sound editing machine
Ciniola editing machine (very similar to Acmiola). The Ciniola editor is a viewing machine for 35mm picture and optical or magnetic sound film. It has an amplfier and loudspeaker and volume controls. Inscription on picture head, part of casting: 'Cineola, London'; on label on top of base 'Photographic Electrical Ltd. 71 Dean Street London'.
Scene from 'Alice's Adventures or The Queen of Hearts and the Stolen Tarts'
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting a scene from 'Alice's Adventures or The Queen of Hearts and the Stolen Tarts' painted by W R Hill in 1876 and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London as part of the Easter 1876 production based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.
Phenakistoscope Disc of Boy on Tightrope
'The Phenakistiscope (sic) or Living Picture'. Published by W Soffe, Strand. One of eight hand coloured lithographic designs on 180mm diameter cards; boy on tightrope.
Phenakistoscope Disc of Man With Double Bass
'The Phenakistiscope (sic) or Living Picture'. Published by W Soffe, Strand. One of eight hand coloured lithographic designs on 180mm diameter cards; man with double bass.
Phenakistoscope Disc of Man With Racket and Ball
'The Phenakistiscope (sic) or Living Picture'. Published by W Soffe, Strand. One of eight hand coloured lithographic designs on 182mm diameter cards; man with racket and ball.
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting an Egyptian landscape, painted by an unknown artist c. 1860 and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
Scene from 'The Adventures of Baron Münchausen', Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide depicting a scene from ‘The Adventures of Baron Münchausen’, painted by an unknown artist and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London. One of a collection of 27 hand painted magic lantern slides.
Brochure for 'The Open Road'
A brochure for 'The Open Road', a series of short films by Claude Friese-Green in 1926. 'The Open Road' was filmed over three years by Friese-Greene as he travelled by motor car from Land's End to John O'Groats. The film was produced in 26 ten minute episodes, intended to be shown before feature films in cinemas.
Peep Egg Optical Toy
'Peep egg' optical toy. Approximately cylindrical body, on base with lens in the other end. Alabaster, painted with flowers and 'forget-me-nots'. Rotating spindle with alabaster knobs bearing two printed scenes: Kimberley Terrace, Great Yarmouth and Quay and Town Hall Great Yarmouth surrounded by small coloured stones and grotto of stones crystals and seaweed.
Advertisement for Kinemacolor
An advertisement for Kinemacolor by the Natural Color Kinematograph Company Limited, printed by the Dangerfield Printing Company in London, c. 1911. The advertisement boasts that Kinemacolor is 'The only system of Animated Pictures in the Actual Colors of Nature'.
Lee and Turner Three-Colour Projector
Lee and Turner three colour projector, 1901.
Urban-Joy 'Spirograph' 16mm home projector by Henry W Joy, 1920, with lamp holder, discs and case.
Early kinematographic apparatus:-one small animatograph camera, including film counter, by R. W. Paul
Nizo 8 AK 8mm cine camera
Nizo 8 AK cine camera. Cine camera for 8mm film, single run in charger. Steinhall Cassar lens F:1.25cm f/2.5-16; interchangeable screw mount (see 1990-5036/4448). Clockwork drive; button for lock, run, continuous run. Direct vision optical finder and seperate eyelevel reflecting finder. Moveable mask for telephoto lens covers both. Large rotary counter. No 60614.
AK Home Cinema toy projector
AK toy cine projector for 100 foot reels of 35mm film. Serial Number K745A on flywheel. Light source missing. Single condenser lens. Maltese Cross driven intermittent sprocket, hand turnde, no shutter. Wire frame springs for tensionin film. Single projection lens, provision for small lantern slides. Elevating foot. Maybe by Johann Falk, Nurnberg (see ACR 508).
W Butcher magic lantern
W Butcher magic lantern in metal case. For 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch slides. 12 inch equiv. projection lens, held in focusing mount by locking screw. Rack and pinion focusing, flasher. Three draw lens barrel. Circular sprung gate, screw adjusted. Double condenser. WIth two wooden push-pull slide carriers, one with slide raising device. Has a Triumph ES electric lamp fitting with adjustable parabolic mirror and 500w lamp which has been separately catalogues as 1990-5036/7177.
Pathé Baby-Cine 9.5mm camera
Constinsouza, Paris. Pathe Baby-Cine camera. Cinecamera for 9.5mm film in Pathex chargers. Berthiot Stellor lens f/3.5-14, Serial No 144055. Handturned, two turns per second. Rotary frame counter. Folding wire frame finder. Claw intermittent. Serial No 066928. British Patent Number 144055. Fitted with 30 foot film charger.
35mm Lumiere Cinematographe camera/printer/projector, serial number 254, with brass taking and projection lenses with Lumière thread, crank handle. Claw mechanism designed for Edison perforations.
Empire Model 2 35mm Cinematograph
Butcher's No. 2 Empire Cinematograph. For 35mm film on 400' reels. Pathe Serie Superieure lens, screw focused; beater intermittent, 2 sprockets; before lens shutter. Centrifugal safety shutter; framing device. Iron lamphouse, condenser and light source missing, slides over behind lantern lens, with flasher, tinter slot, rack focusing. On wooden base.
Pathé Kok 28mm projector
Home projector for 28mm safety film; claw inrtermittent; single sprocket wheel; hand turned; dynamo generated current for 6 volt electric lamp; with one reel of film. Composition rewind gear broken. Patent No 28714, 1903, DRP No 230675, OP No 47796 (with list of patents). Threaded with 310x32mm filmstrip entitled 'Jellyfish'. Trademark Pathe Ccokeel 'Kok' on back, No 3010. Transfer print on base.
Kodak Automatic 8 movie camera
Kodak automatic 8 camera, 1962. For 8mm film, 25' double run; Kodak Ektanar lens F:13mm f/1.6. Auto exposure, direct setting of aperture by photocell. Clockwork drive; DV optical finder, low light signal. In original packing with instructions. Lens: 13mm Kodak 'Ektanar' Lens f/1.6, the lens is limited to a maximum aperture of f/1.9 due to the requirements of the automatic exposure control. Viewfinder: of the telescopic type, incorporating two moulded lenses housed in the top of the case. It includes a zone type low-light indicator. The front finder lens has a parallax correction mark for close-ups from 3-5ft. Finish: the general finish of the camera is a light grey case, front plate and shutter housing with dark blue/grey side panels.
Pathéscope Princess 9.5mm cine projector
Pathescope Princess projector, 1960. For 9.5mm film on 400 foot reels. Fitted with a colotar projection lens F: 32mm, helical screw focusing. Double claw intermittent, no sprockets. Gate and lens mount on hinged arm. Framing adjustment on claw mechanism. 22v prefocus lamp with mirror and condenser lenses. Push on, push off switch for lamp. Adcraft 200-250v electric motor, AC only, manufactured by R T Adcock & Co Ltd, London, Serial No 179A92. Provision for hand turning, for still projection. 4-core supply lead connected to transformer. Tripod support, legs detachable. 400 foot take up reel. Serial No RP 95 1702.
Newman and Sinclair 35mm film perforator
early 20th century
Newman and Sinclair Ltd 35mm film perforator. Reciprocating perforator, punching two films at once; single pair of punches and of register pins; claw transport. Hand operated.
Williamson Type 4 Colonial Model 35mm cine camera
Williamson 35mm cine camera, manufactured by Williamson Kinematograph Co Ltd, 28 Denmark Street, Charing Cross Road, London WC. With claw movement, single sprocket wheel, wooden spool boxes carried inside camera, 100 foot capacity. Hand operated. Zeiss Tessar lens F;5 cm f/3.5 - 23, Serial No 228393, in helical focusing mount, with lens hood. Rotary footage indicator and collapsing optical frame finder with clip on reflecting finder. In leather case with two spare film boxes and instruction book.
Kodak Brownie 8 8mm movie camera
Brownie Movie 8 camera. Brownie 8 8mm movie camera f/2.7, made by the Eastman Kodak Company in the United States, c. 1960. Serial Number 0283.
Cine-Kodak Magazine 8 camera
The Cine-Kodak Magazine 8 Camera made by Kodak in the United States in 1946. In presentation case. f/1.9 Kodak Anastigmat lens.
Indian shadow puppet
Shadow puppet; figure of warrior on coloured parchment; no articulation; support rod missing.
Biokam camera projector
Mechanism box with claw pulldown for 17.5 centre perforated film. Voightlander Eurysco lens F:38mm f/7. Vewifinder missing, gate pressure plate detached. Single frame and 8 frame shafts, hand turned; provision for time exposure for stills. No 57. With detachable double film takeup box; provision for viewing image through film; two negative film chambers (sides need resoldering); one wooden printing box for negative and positive film; tin of 25' negative film; film roll support for projection; lengths of unexposed positive, developed negative and positive film (nitrate).