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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I have just acquired this and I am trying to find out anything about it as I haven't seen one like it before. It is a 16mm projector but has no makers mark or year.
    It came in a very large wooden box. The projector is 40cm high and 70cm long. It is hand cranked as well as having an electric motor.
    I would love to know the history.

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    1. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 years ago
      Projecting Kinetoscope.

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    2. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 years ago
      A site with all types of information about the timelines of film and motion picture development: Scott is a great photograph expert and he will be along to help you better than I can; I'm sure this will catch his eye. It's a great find you have!

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    3. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      WOW-- looks fantastic! The casket box is great. Any labels on/ inside the box? Any metal tags on the actual item?

      It looks like an updated magic lantern.

      Good information tubeamp. Unfortunately, this is an area that I am not that familiar with.

    4. gardenlen, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the replies. There isn't anything in the box, there is a metal tag on the electric motor but I can't see what's on it without taking the motor off.
    5. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 years ago
      The front part may be the most important part to identify it. It looks like several companies around the World copied the basic concept and adtations were made over time, especially with the lamp portion of the system as new type of lighting technologies were developed. For example, a later piece that sold on Ebay: no base, no lantern. That seller has contact info and may have a good idea when and where yours is from.

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    6. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 years ago
      I never knew just how many there were, it's crazy:

      Good luck!

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    7. Cinegraphica Cinegraphica, 8 years ago
      Interesting piece!

      As a collector I've seen hundreds of different types of projectors and have a large photo database of projectors, but this one I haven't seen before.

      It doesn't look like a 16mm projector, it has the appearence of an early 35mm projector such as the empire cinematograph ( and many others.

      Maybe it was an old 35mm projector, that was converted to 16mm. Do you have a standard piece of 16mm film to see if the sprocket holes fit?

      Could you send me some detailed pictures of your projector? You can contact me at
    8. TheRoper TheRoper, 8 years ago
      Hehe, Great! Who can imagine, that in this coffin is hidden a magic lantern :) The brass parts are wonderful, so the uncovered rotary disc shutter - this is the very begining of the XX c.
    9. gardenlen, 8 years ago
      To Cinegraphica, Sorry for the delay I have just come back off holiday and seen your post.
      I will send you some photo's and test the film on Sunday

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