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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.
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.
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.
Main part of Edison Kinetoscope. Invented by Edison's British employee, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson (1860 - 1935), this was the first device to show moving pictures. Painted in white on left side 'Dept II No 584'. Brass plaque on upper front inscribed 'No 509 / Eddison Kinetoscope / Manufactured by Edison Mfg Co Orange / NJ USA'.
Portrait of Charles Dickens
A magic lantern slide featuring a photograph of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London over Christmas 1875. This slide was used to open the presentation of 'Gabriel Grub and the Grim Goblin' a production based on 'The Story of The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' by Charles Dickens which appeared in 'The Pickwick Papers'.
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.
Aldis Minor slide projector
Aldis Minor projector. For 2 x 2 inch slides. 100w, 240v, A1 lamp prefocus. With three condenser lenses and mirror. Helical focusing movement. coated Petzval type projection lens. Two elevating screws. With bulb and 2-pin plug; plug stamped Clix Patent Made in England.
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.
Debrie Sept 35mm cine camera
Debrie Sept cine camera for 35mm film in 10' loading chargers. Fitted with a Paris 'Huet' lens F: 5cm f/ 3.5-32, Serial No 1825, Detachable clockwork motor, rounded case, 'normal' and 'rapid' speed. With provision for single exposure T/I. Brilliant reflex finder. Front lens slides out to form optical frame finder. Helical focusing mount. Intermittent front sprocket drive. Light trapped slits for use as printer/ projector. Frame counter. Serial No E 00423. Andre Debrie. French Patent 2 June 1919. In lined case with four spare chargers.
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.
Kodak Ektasound 130 Super 8 camera
Kodak Ektasound 130 Super 8 cine camera. For Super 8 film in sound cartridges. Kodak Ektar lens F;9mm f/1.2. Automatic exposure; DV optical finder. Magnetic sound recording facility on striped film. No 015347. In original carton with Kodak directional microphone and wriststrap (carton not seen 2011). bought in a camera shop in 1976 for £64.07. The Kodak Ektasound 130 was the first camera designed to record sound simultaneously with picture onto magnetically-striped Super 8 Ektachrome film.
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.
The Kinora viewer. Hand operated viewer for Kinora reels. Wooden base, with hinged wooden strip bearing mechanism, viewing lens and metal eyeshield. Supporting strut holds viewer at approximately 45 degrees. Black enamelled viewer stamped 'The Kinora No 309(?)'. Fitted with flipbook, black and white photographs of a plough team (1967-207 Pt2/08)
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.
Éclair Cameflex CM3 35mm camera
Cameflex 35mm cine camera No 614, with 400' magazine, six lenses and various filters in a fitted box, matt box, along with a portapower battery. Cameflex Standard (CM3) 35mm film camera, manufactured by Etablissement Eclair in 1946.
Demeny-Gaumont chronophotograph camera/projector
Demeny-Gaumont chronophotograph camera/projector, c 1898. Serial No 1292. L Gaumont et cie, Paris. Cine camera and projector for 35mm film, Edison perforation; eccentrically mounted beater; two continuous prockets. Provision for frame, by moving gate; adjustable sector shutter; lens missing; external 400 foot magazines; direct vision viewfinder; film punch; handle missing.
Man eating rat
A magic lantern slide showing a man eating a rat, made by Charles Baker between 1850 and 1910. The slide shows a man asleep in his bed, unaware that there is a rat on his pillow.
Gaumont-Kalee GK21 35mm cinema projector
Gaumont-Kalee GK21 35mm cinema film projector with President lamphouse, made in Leeds, 1948-1958. Type 83. Manufactured by BAF Ltd London Ser No 653.
Fujica Single 8 P1 camera
8mm cine camera, Fujica Single-8 P1 camera. Uses Fuji proprietary Super 8 film cassettes. Fujinon 1.8 / 11.5mm lens. Made by Fuji Photo Optical Co. Ltd., between 1965 and 1977. Cine camera for Single 8 film cartridges; Fujinon F:11.5mm f/1.8 lens. Direct vision optical finder with exposure indication; auto exposure electric motor drive; pistol grip. No 435857.
Bell & Howell Autoset 624EE 8mm Cine Camera
Bell & Howell Autoset 624EE camera. Double run 8mm cine camera. Super Comat lens F:10mm f/1.9. Auto or manual aperture setting. Clockwork drive. Single frame/continuous run. No. D33146.
Kodak Brownie 8 movie camera model f/2.7
Cinecamera for double run 8mm film; f/2.7 lens; clockwork motor; DV optical finder; No. 22696. Manufactured from both Eastman Kodak and Kodak Ltd parts.
Kodak Brownie Turret movie camera
For doublerun 8mm film, 25' reels; Kodak Cine Ektanon lens F:13mm f/1.9, with converters for telephoto and wide angle. Clockwork drive; folding optical frame finder, parallax compensated. H 10207.
Ensign Optiscope Number 6 projector
Ensign Optiscope No 6 lantern slide projector. For 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch slides. Aldis Uno projection lens F:10 inch; all metal; bellows lens extensions, with two wooden slide carriers (stamped RRD). This is a projector for 3 1/4 inch square slides. It has an Aldis Uno 10" projection lens mounted in a panel on two rods and with bellows that can be extended. The lamphouse has an ES bulb holder, secured by a wing screw underneath its base. The projector comes with two wooden slide carriers. The projector can be pivited on the base and secured by means of the chrome lever. Power is controlled with an on/off switch on the base.
Agfa Movex S Automatic Super 8mm Camera
Agfa Movex S Automatic Super 8 cine camera, 1966-68. Takes CK-17 Super 8 Agfa colour film. Agfa Movexar lens F:13, f/2.4. This is an example of the first Agfa Super 8 Camera. With a body of plastic, it is electrically-driven, with a single speed of 18 frames/second and has automatic exposure control.
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.
Debrie 'Le Parvo' 35mm Cine Camera
Debrie Parvo cine camera modified for two colour process. Series 9, No 43. By J Debrie, Paris. For 35mm film in internal magazine. Krauss Zeiss Tessar lens, f/3.5 F:50mm, Serial No 84933. For Kinemacolor or similar process; red/orange and green filter wheel behind lens. Hand turned; optical frame finder; through-film focusing; footage and fps counters.
Paillard-Bolex B8L 8mm cine camera
Paillard-Bolex B8L cine camera. For 8mm film, 25 foot reels. Fitted with a Kern-Paillard Yvar lens F: 13mm f/1.8-22 No.816026 in two lens turret. Filming speeds 12, 16, 18, 24, 32, 48, 64, single frame. 'Zoom' viewfinder for 12.5-36mm lenses with swing up extra lens for wide angle. Variable shutter - adjusting lever can be locked. Rewind handle for dissolves etc. Built in exposure meter. Needles matched in viewfinder directly coupled to lens aperture ring. Rotary footage counter. Claw intermittent. No. 905971. Paillard.
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.
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.
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.
Pathé Webo A 9.5mm cine camera
Pathe Webo A cine camera for 9.5mm film in Webo chargers; Som Berthiot Cinor B lens F;20mm f/1.9 Serial No 575935 in interchangeable mount. Clockwork drive (claw intermittent in magazine), guilotine shutter; single frame; DV optical finder; exposure table. No 4411. Instructions in French.
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.
Urban-Joy 'Spirograph' 16mm home projector by Henry W Joy, 1920, with lamp holder, discs and case.
Éclair NPR 16mm cine camera
Eclair 16 NPR cine camera. 16mm Eclair camera body, camera No CJ77, Serial Number 3779; with Perfectone Compact motor attached, Serial Number 7691; 400 foot film magazine CJ80; eyepiece right angle viewfinder Serial Number 1209; Angenieux 12-120 zoom lens Type 10x12B 12mm f/12, by P Angenieux, Paris, Serial No 141235, with on-board fluid attachment; Cooke Kinetal 9mm f/1.9 wide angle lens, Serial Number 747284, by Taylor, Taylor & Hobson; 25mm Bell & Howell Angenieux fast lens Serial Number 1307829; Tiffen professional lens shade/filter holder, No 1 Diopter, No 85 filter, zoom bars, fuses. Finder Serial No 1209, lens Serial No 1412315, collar No 12A, A Chroszle, Munich, Serial No 3742.
Bauer Mini S cine camera
Bauer Mini S cinecamera. Cine camera for Super 8 film magazines; Schneider Xenoplan lens F:15mm f/1.8. Auto exposure - cell operates aperture directly; needle visible in DV optical finder. Electric motor drive. This camera was in production from 1966-1968. The followed on from the Mini of 1966-1967. The only difference seems to have been the lens.
Zeiss-Ikon portable 35mm sound projector type B
Zeiss-Ikon portable 35mm sound projector type B
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.
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.
Paillard-Bolex H8 8mm cine camera
Paillard Bolex H8 cine camera. Cine camera for double run 8mm film, 100 foot spools. Three lens turret; Meyer-Gorlitz Kino Plasmat lens F:12.5mm f/1.5-11. No 782189. Dallmeyer 25mm lens f/1.9-16 No 206500. Dallmeyer F:1 1/2 inch f/1.9-16 lens, No 213206. Clockwork motor drive; claw intermittent, two continuous sprockets. 8,16, 24, 32, 64 fpr. Back wind handle; optional hand turning. Single/ over frame facility, T/I exposires. Rotary frame counter, Direct vision optical finder, parallax compensation, hinged auxiliary lenses for telephoto lenses. Critical focuser, reflex type for top lens on turret. No 10630.
Newall 35mm studio camera
Newall 35mm studio cine camera. Mitchell 'lookalike' 35mm camera; 4-lens turret with 3 lenses; Cooke Speed Panchero Ser. II lens F:50mm f/2 No 572143; Cooke Speed Panchero Ser. II lens F:75mm f/2 No 538629; Cooke Speed Panchero Ser. II lens F:32mm f/2 No 567730. Lens hood/matte box; optical frame finder with adjustable format indicators; Critical focusing through lens by rack-over mechanism; adjustable shutter; footage, frame counters. Electric motor drive, Mitchell Camera Corp. synchronous motor model DCNS. On steerable TV type dolly ser. no 500/110, with pan and tilt head; power box with three ammeters.
Kinemacolor projector on table type stand. 35mm projector for 2 colour successive frame projection. Beater intermittent, two continuous sprockets, rack and pinion focusing and framing. No lens. Spool boxes. Safety shutter operated by centrifugal mechanism. Two sector shutter behind lens, filter wheel ('modern' copy) with red and green filters. Lamphouse with carbon arc. Made by The Natural Kinematograph Co. Ltd., London, 1910. Brass plate incised 'No 66'.
Ensign Super Kinecam 'Sixteen'
Ensign Super Kinecam 'Sixteen'. Cine camera for 16mm film on 100 foot spools. Three lens turret, 24mm ID flange.This three-lens turret version of the Ensign Autokinekam is fitted with an f/2.6 1" Cinar Anastigmat lens. Claw and single sprocket drive. Clockwork wind, detachable handble. 8-frame shaft for handturning or back wind. 8, 12, 16, 24, 64 fps speeds. Large folding optical frame finder with parallax adjustment on rear sight. Direct vision optical finder, adjustable for 1, 2 or 3 inch lenses. Two viewfinders. Drum footage counter. Exposure calculator on side. Serial No Z 1460. Ensign Limited. It takes 16mm film on 100' spools.
Le Prince Single-lens Cine Camera
One-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888.
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.
Birtac 17.5mm Camera/Projector
The Birtac camera/projector in ever ready leather case. Designed by Birt Acres, made by The Northern Photographic Works, Barnet, 1899. Cine camera/projector for 17.5mm film (slit standard). Ross lens, No 57581 with Waterhouse stop slot (three stop sin top compartment) on internal rack mount for projection; threraded mount on exterior for taking seperate gates for two functions. Beater intermittent; single continuous sprocket. Direct vision finder, ground glass missing, detached, needs repair (in top compartment).
Dux Kino Model 44 toy projector
Dux Kino projector, Model 44. Projector for 35mm film strip carrying two horizontal rows of cartoon pictures with alternate phases of motion. Projected alternately by oscillating shutter operated behind two projection lenses. Serial No 568 on base, trade mark in gold on top of projector body. With a paired condenser lens, two 3.5v bulbs powered by 4 1/2 volt battery. Clockwork drive. Dux-Fabrik Markes and Co, about 1957. With one film strip, Mickey and Pluto (1990-5036/2659/1).
Bell and Howell 2709 Model B 35mm cine camera
Bell & Howell 2709 cine camera, Model B. Standard Cinemachinery 35mm cine camera. With 4 lens turret, (original lenses are missing (fitted with lens Astro lens 1990-5036/3197). Gate and claw intermittent mechanism missing. Single sprocket. External magazines (2) 400 foot. Hand turned (handle missing), 8 and 1 frame shafts. Variable shutter 170 - 0 degrees. Preset or operated continuously by lever and gear attachment (missing). Rotary footage counter. Critical focuser. Ground glass insert behind turret, opposite taking lens. Thin slot for masks before gate. Shoe for viewfinder. Patents Sept 17 1912 and Feb 13 1917, no 5687. Serial No 932. Originally sold to the Ruby Camera Exchange in New York on 31 August 1929. Has ultra speed movement number 282 in it, which usually meant it was to be used for some kind of instrumentation as it would shoot slow motion images.
C P Goerz Minicord camera
Subminiature camera for 16mm film in recordable cassettes. Twin-lens refelx focusing. Heligor F2.5cm f2 lens, No 4002. In leather case.