Early projector unit for Paul Kinematograph apparatus, seven star, March 1896 type. Cast metal plaque on front left side of projector mechanism base plate 'RW PAUL / HATTON GARDEN / LONDON'. Replicas of lamphouse, driving handle, film spool and lens system.
Robert W Paul (1869-1943) first demonstrated his Theatrograph projector at Finsbury Technical College, London on 20 February 1896, the same day as the preview showing of the Lumiere Cinematographe in London. The Theatrograph, with its intermittent motion for projecting 35mm film, formed the prototype for modern film projectors. This is the second, improved model, patented on 2 March, 1896, which sold for £80. Twenty were produced and marketed between March and November 1896.
- Object Number:
- 1913-549 Pt1
- brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, steel (metal), tin (metal), velvet and wood (unidentified)
overall (projector): 550 mm x 310 mm x 690 mm,
overall (on pedestal): 1400 mm x 440 mm x 760 mm,
- The National Media Museum, Bradford