Kinora Cinematographic Viewer with Picture Reels

Made:
1908 in England, France and Lyons
maker:
Kinora Limited
and
Lumière

Lumiere Kinora with two picture reels. Wooden hinged stand with metal viewer. 1908, No. 1 design, combination hand or table instrument for single viewer.

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 Pt1
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
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type:
optical toy
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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