Kinora Cinematographic Viewer with picture reels

Made:
1908 in Lyons, France and England
maker:
Kinora Limited
and
Lumière
Lumiere Kinora with two picture reels. Wooden hinged stand with metal viewer. 1908. Fitted with reel showing boats at Lumiere Kinora with two picture reels. Wooden hinged stand with metal viewer. 1908. Fitted with reel showing boats at

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Lumiere Kinora with two picture reels. Wooden hinged stand with metal viewer. 1908. Fitted with reel showing boats at
Science Museum Group Collection
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Lumiere Kinora with two picture reels. Wooden hinged stand with metal viewer. 1908. Fitted with reel showing boats at
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Lumiere Kinora with eight picture reels, including a box containing six.

Invented by the Lumiere Company in France in 1897, the Kinora only came into widespread use when they were reintroduced in the early 20th century. These home viewers came in a variety of styles but were all based on the flip book principle: by turning a handle the reel revolved causing the pictures to flip over against a static peg; the moving pictures were viewed through an eyepiece. Kinora reels were derived from a variety of cinema films, though a camera was available for making home movies.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1967-207
Materials:
brass, cardboard, glass, japanned steel, paper and wood
Measurements:
overall (inc. handle): 290 x 300 x 165 mm
cardboard case: 22 x 125 mm
type:
kinora viewer
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford