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National Science and Media Museum
The objects on display at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies, and their impact on our lives.
Voigtlander daguerreotype camera
Daguerreotype camera made by Voigtlander & Sohn, Wien. All metal camera for circular daguerreotype plates 95mm in diameter. Petzval lens c.f/3.8; conical focusing screen holder; darkroom loaded; camera rests on telescopic stand with three levelling screws. Plate holder and lens hood possibly reproductions. No 81.
35mm camera for 50 exposures 32 x 24mm. Wray unilite lens F:50mm f/2-22. Serial No 110095. With fabric focal plate shutter 2/5/10/25/50/100/250/500/1000/B. Automatic exposure counter, shutter cocked and film wound on by recess key in base. Reflex viewing via mirror giving laterally reversed image. Small magnifier in centre of ground glass screen. S-1906. Wray, 1951.
Kodak Retina (Type 117)
Retina camera type 117. Folding camera for 35mm for 24 x 36mm. Fitted with a Schneider Xenar lens F: 5cm, f/3.5 No 694235. Compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/300/B/T. Helical focusing of whole lens to 3.5 feet. Direct vision optical finder. Rotary exposure counter. Depth of field scale. No. 449875. Kodak AG, 1934-1935.
Quarter-plate `Cameo' camera used to take 'second phase' of Cottingley Fairies photographs, 1918-1920
Quarter-plate `Cameo' camera manufactured by W Butcher & Sons, London, 1915-1920, used to make a `second phase' of `Cottingley fairies' photographs between 1918 and 1920. Lukos II symmetrical lens back, made by Wollensak Optical Co. of USA.
Logitech FotoMan digital camera
Logitech FotoMan (Digitalkamera aus der Steinzeit) RA digital camera. Monochrome digital camera. First truly digital camera. 320x240 (latter 376x284) resolution; 1Mb internal RAM; fixed focus f4.5 lens. Serial No FAL22921198. In recharging stand, built-in flash. Logitech, Switzerland, 1990
Ilford Witness camera
Ilford Witness camera. 35mm camera; coated Dallmeyer Super-Six anastigmat lens, F:2"; f1.9-22 in bayonet mount, Serial No 373726. Fabric focal plane shutter - two speed rings: 1-T/2/4/8/B-25 and BT/25-1/50/100/250/500/1000. Coincident coupled rangefinder, focussing inf.-3'; movable stop flash synchronising sockets. Accessory shoe.
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.
The Demon Detective camera
O'Reilly's Patent No 10823. Conical metal camera for 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch plates, uncemented achromatic lenses c.F:1 1/2 inch fixed aperture and focus. Flap and shutter before lens work by elastic band. The American Camera Company, c.1890.
Soft toy, with cochlear implant, China, 1999
'Clarion™ Cougar' soft toy with cochlear implant, marketed by Advanced Bionics UK Ltd., made in China, 1999.
Reid II SLR Camera
Reid II single lens reflex camera35mm camera for 24 x 36mm pictures. Coated Taylor Hobson Anastigmat lens. F:2 inches f/2-16, Serial No 328898. Fabric focal plane shutter 1/2/5/8/20/30/40/60/100/200/500/1000/T. Interchangeable lens, Leica thread. Coupled rangefinder coincidence type, separate direct vision viewfinder. Flash synchronised, two coaxial sockets for electronic and flash bulbs. Accessory shoes. Reid and Sigrist. Camera Serial No P3277.
Remains of John Dalton's eyes
Scientific Instruments & Research
Remains of John Dalton's eyes, died 1844.
Solid-body coupled rangefinder camera for 35mm film 24x36mm. Zeiss Tessar lens F:5cm f/2.8-22, No 1543338. Tube errected, helical focusing coupled to coincidence type rangefinder (faulty), depth of field scale. Metal vertical running focal plane shutter 23/50/100/200/500/1000/T. Direct vision optical finder, seperate from rangefinder. Rotary frame counter; accessory shoe. Lens interchangeable, on three point bayonet mount. Sliding mask for tele lens over viewfinder. No A U 65520.
Contax S camera
VEB Carl Zeiss Ikon Jena, East Germany. Solid body 35mm refelx camera for 35mm film 24x36mm. Zeiss, Jena, Tessar lens F:5cm f/3.5-22, No 3220957, interchangeable, screw thread, helical focusing through pentaprism. Fabric focal plane shutter, horizontal travel 1/2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/B, delayed action lever. Body release, with lock-on time exposures. Film type and speed indicator on rewind knob. Knob windon.
Ear trumpet and walking stick combined, London, England, 1875-1885
Ear trumpet and walking stick combined
Silver-plated ear trumpet, by FC Rein & Son, London, England, 1850-1900
Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera
1839 (original); c. 1988 (replica)
Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera. Sliding box camera for daguerreotype plates up to 300x220cm. Plate holder replica of original in Museum of Science, Oxford. Achromat lens; sliding lens cover. Ex-Cromer Collection (donated April 1950). Stand is a modern replica by Science Museum workshop about 1988.
Stereo Realist 2.8 camera
David White Co., Milwaukee, Wisc. Stereocamera for 35mm film 2 x 24mm. Two White Anastigmat lenses f/2.8-22. Two blade shutters 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/200/B/T/ Couple ling base split image rangefinder; separate direct vision optical finder. Hinged lens cover; 'hot' accessory shoe. No 004304. In everready case.
Camera Lite camera Model B
Subminiature camera for 8mm wide film 6x6mm concealed in cigarette lighter' f/8 lens, B/I shutter, fixed focus; frame finder in lighter top; functioning flint/petrol ligther.
Spectacles with a false nose attached, England, 1890-1925
False nose spectacles, steel frames with plain lenses, made for Charles Williams (c. 1875 to c. 1925) of Tonbridge, Kent, c. 1900
Bow folding spectacles, England, 1650-1750
Bow, folding spectacles, horn and steel, unsigned, English, 1650-1750
Ear trumpet, possibly used during a period of mourning, Europe, 1850-1910
Ear trumpet for mourning
Sunglasses with dark blue lenses, England, 1860-1900
Sunglasses, straight arms, silver, dark blue lenses, English, 1860-1900
Packaging for Camera Lite camera Model B
Original carton with plastic slip case and instruction leaflet 'Picture taking with 'Camera Lite''.
'Sho-Zyg', electro-acoustic instrument built into
'Sho-Zyg', electro-acoustic instrument built into volume of an enyclopaedia by electro-acoustic musician Hugh Davies (1943-2005). Also known as Shozyg, Shozyg 1.
Medresco portable hearing aid, England, 1953
Medresco portable hearing aid, Cat. OL35/ET/53 by Remploy Ltd. in leather carrying patch, England, 1953
Hearing aid, behind ear, England, 1980
Hearing aid, behind ear, with ear mould and battery, type BE14, c. 1980
Intra aural hearing aid, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1981
Oticon I II V intra aural hearing aid, by Oticon, Denmark, 1981
Pink coil spring spectacles, National Health Service issue, 1955-1969
Pair of coil spring spectacle framess, pink plastic, National Health Service issue, unsigned, British, 1955-1969.
Camera Lite camera Model B
Box of 3 Minori Pan SS films for Suzuki Camera Lite Model b. 6x6mm 20 exposures; high speed, non-halation, fine grade, ultra. Develop before January 1957. With instruction leaflet.
Mechanical hearing aids, London, England, 1935-1936
Pair of Brune-Sedeyn mechanical hearing aids, silver, cased, by the Naturton Company, London, 1935-1936
Hearing aid, in the shape of a pen, marked Ingalen
Hearing aid, in the shape of a pen, marked Ingalen 420K, 1960-1970
'Humpty' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Humpty', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
Kodak Super Six-20 camera
Folding camera for 620 rollfilm 2 1/4 x 3 1/4". Kodak Anastigmat Special lens No 689, F:100mm, f/3.5-22. Five blade shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/200/B/T. Aperture setting coupled directly to photoelectric cell for automatic exposure control. Helical front-cell focusing coupled to split image rangefinder with triangular central field, combined with viewfinder. With leather hand strap. Lever wind-on. No 59714. The camera was designed by Joseph Mihalyi and styled by Walter Dorwin Teague.
Tom & Jerry Animation Cel
Tom and Jerry animation cel showing Tom wearing red shorts and using a slingshot.
'Midg' Camera Used to Make the First Two `Cottingley fairies' Photographs in 1917
Quarter-plate `Midg' camera manufactured by W Butcher & Sons, London, 1902-1920, used by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths to make the first two `Cottingley fairies' photographs in 1917.
‘W’ Beach from the Sea
A black and white photograph entitled ‘’W’ Beach from the Sea’, taken by an unknown photographer at Gallipoli, about 1915, from an album of photographs in the Kodak collection, page 43.
Edison Kinetophone (or Phonokinetoscope)
Edison Kinetophone (or Phonokinetoscope); Kinetoscope with cylinder phonograph, an early attempt at creating a sound-film system; early motion picture exhibition device, designed for films to be viewed individually through an aperture on the top of the cabinet.
'Jemima' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Jemima', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
View of Beach at Broadstairs
A black and white photograph of the beach at Broadstairs, taken by an unknown photographer, June 1915, from an album of snapshots in the Kodak collection, page13.
Fibreglass model of 'Talos'
Painted resin fibreglass model, cast from original mould by Ray Harryhausen of creature from `Jason & The Argonauts' (1963): Talos. This model, in resin and fibreglass, was made from the same mould as the original, which was cast in latex around a metal armature.
Kodak Kodascope 8 Model 30 projector
Kodak Kodascope 8 Model 30 projector. For 8mm film 200 feet reels, claw intermittent, 2 sprockets. Motor speed control, lamp switch, for 110 or 240 volts.
Hanimex PF628 Tele-Hanomatic camera
Hanimex PF628 Tele-Hanomatic camera. Pocket camera for 110 cartridge film; fixed exposure; normal tele lens setting; flipflash socket.
Specto Royal 8mm Projector Type204
Specto Royal 8mm portable cine projector, type 204, for standard 8mm film. 1960-1961. Camera built in to case. Serial No 3896. Lentar 20mm lens f/1.4. Bought by A Gill in 1961 for £28/9/6d.
De Luxe frena camera
Magazine box camera for notched cut films 2 1/2 x 3 /12 inches. Fitted with a beck Steinheil Orthostigmat lens No. 10395 US 8-255, four apertures in rotating plate. Rotary shutter 5/10/20/40/ aperture and shutter setting visible through lens. Shutter set through panel in base. With two reflecting finders, spirit level in film change handle with two Taylor Taylor Hobson double levels added. Covered in stitched calf leather with gilt fittings. R & J Beck.
Tom & Jerry Animation Cel
Tom and Jerry animation cel showing Jerry being hit by a rock.
'Big Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Big Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
Nikon F camera
Single lens reflex camera for 35mm film 24x36mm; Nikko-S Auto lens F:5cm f/2 Serial No 542635; with lens cap 'Nippon Kogaku Tokyo 52mm Patent Pending'; focal plane shutter 1-1/1000 sec. delayed action; pentaprism/meter head, coupling to shutter setting and aperture; match needle in finder and on prism top; set shutter; adjust aperture no. 480256; Camera Serial no. 6451677.