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Scene from 'The Heart of Stone', Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide depicting a scene from the German fairy tale 'The Heart of Stone', painted by an unknown artist and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London. One of a collection of 27 hand painted magic lantern slides at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
Ciniola 35mm picture and sound editing machine
Ciniola editing machine (very similar to Acmiola). The Ciniola editor is a viewing machine for 35mm picture and optical or magnetic sound film. It has an amplfier and loudspeaker and volume controls. Inscription on picture head, part of casting: 'Cineola, London'; on label on top of base 'Photographic Electrical Ltd. 71 Dean Street London'.
Film cartridge: Crash Wars Pile Ups No. 2
Film cartridge 'Crash Wars Pile Ups No. 2' for the Action Replay Action Movie viewer in original packaging, 1992.
Vitaphone disc for sound film Sunny' (1930, USA)
Vitaphone disc from a film Sunny (1930, USA), single sided 16-inch disc, in original sleeve. No. 9, FA4584-2-56. A First National Production. Sunny score Reel no. 9 scratched onto disc.
Paillard-Bolex B8 8mm cine camera
Paillard-Bolex B8 cinecamera. Made in Switzerland. Standard 8mm. Yvar lens F:13mm f/1.9, No. 548378, and Kinotel lens F:38mm f/1.9, No. 2094, in two lens turret. Clockwork drive 8-64 fps. Totaly closing adjustable shutter. No. 616799.
One Frame of Bromide Prints From Films by Robert Paul, c 1897
One frame containing bromide prints of six consecutive frames from 24 moving picture films taken by Robert Paul.
Film Poster - 'Pimple Has A Try'
Film Poster - 'Pimple Has A Try' (possibly 'Pimple as a Cinema Artist'). Film produced by Folly Films.
Magic lantern slide depicting Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice with a Long Neck
Hand-painted glass lantern slide illustrating scene from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, published with permission of MacMillan and Co, 1870s.
Magic lantern slide showing scene from 'Alice's Adventures or The Queen of Hearts and the Stolen Tarts'
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting a scene from 'Alice's Adventures or The Queen of Hearts and the Stolen Tarts' painted by W R Hill in 1876 and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London as part of the Easter 1876 production based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.
Phenakistoscope Disc of Boy on Tightrope
'The Phenakistiscope (sic) or Living Picture'. Published by W Soffe, Strand. One of eight hand coloured lithographic designs on 180mm diameter cards; boy on tightrope.
Kodak Kodascope Model B 16mm projector
Kodascope Model B projector. For 16mm silent film, self threading. Fitted with an anastigmat projection lens F: 2 inches. Helical focusing in sliding mount. Single continuous sprocket, claw intermittent. Mirror and condenser lens system lights gate at right angle to lamp. 50v 250w A1 prefocus lamp. Framing control on lens mount. Rheostat controls for lamp and motor fitted ammeter 1-5A. Threading light. Power rewind. Screw elevation. Automatic threading onto take up reel through adjustable film guides. On-off and forward-reverse switches. No. K 11025. Eastman Kodak. 1928
Arriflex 2C 35mm cine camera
35mm Arriflex IIC cine camera; body number C8587, wild motor number VR661949, constant speed mains synch motor, 24fps, plus parts, number 1867, bellow matte box (400ft magazine on camera), etched ground glasses, swan neck, cables for different motors. On fixed mount, with power cable. Serial Nunber 3452. Fitted with three lenses; Taylor Hobson 50mm lens, Serial No 516420; 75mm Speed Panchro lens, f2; Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon lens 1:2/28, Serial Number 3087691.
Magic lantern slide showing Egyptian landscape
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting an Egyptian landscape, painted by an unknown artist c. 1860 and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
Phenakistoscope Disc of Man With Double Bass
'The Phenakistiscope (sic) or Living Picture'. Published by W Soffe, Strand. One of eight hand coloured lithographic designs on 180mm diameter cards; man with double bass.
Cine-Kodak Special II Camera
Cine-Kodak Special II camera. Cinecamera for 16mm film, 100' load. Turret with two lenses; Kodak Anastigmat F:25mm f/1.9 and Kodak Anastigmat F:2 1/2 inches, f/2.7; on 2-point bayonet mounts; folding optical frame finder, critical refelx focuser behind lens; clockwork drive 8-64 fps, single frame. Adjustable shutter - totally closing. Backwind, single frame shaft, hand turning option; interchangeable film magazine. Frame and footage counters. Control panel cover replaced by one form CK Special II.
Magic lantern slide: Man and wet paint
A magic lantern slipping slide depicting a man with wet paint on his back, made by an unknown artist in 1870. The first slide shows the man leaning against the railings, ignoring the 'Wet Paint' sign written on the pavement.
Poster for a Bioscope show
A poster advertising a show by the International Bioscope Company at the Public Hall in Epsom, printed by Willsons New Walk Colour Printing Works in 1905. The poster advertises an 'Important Visit of the International Bioscope Company Presenting a Magnificent Series of the Very Latest Animated Photographs'. Film titles include 'The Unlucky Birthday Umbrella', 'The Bombardment of Port Arthur', 'Great Irish Eviction Scene' and 'Desperate Poaching Affray'.
RCA Sound Camera
RCA Sound cinecamera. Cinecamera for 16mm film, 100 foot reels. Wollensak Velostigmat lens f/3.5-16, in three-lens turret, screw mount. Clockwork motor drive, 16-24 feet per second. Single sprocket and claw mechanism. Sound recording head, 4 volt 0.75 amp lamp lit from three dry cells. Level adjusting screw. Critical focusing device (under red rubber cap). Direct vision optical finder with frames for three lenses. Paralax compensated rear lens. Footage indicator working on feed spool. Light from lamp falls on recording slit via mirror fitted on 'microphone' diaphragm. Serial No 1341. RCA Victor Co Inc, Camden, NJ.
Single-lens Cine Camera by Louis Le Prince
Single-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888.
Bol Cinégraphe 35mm cine camera
Cinegraphe Bol camera, 1924. Cine camera for 35mm film in metal chargers. Serial No 6604. Bolar lens by Kern, Switzerland, F:55mm f/2-9 in focusing mount, Serial No 2434. Hand turned (crank missing) 8 toothed claw, 2 sprocket cylindrical shutter. Provision for use as projector, open gate, shuttered slots for external reels. Rotating film counter, calibrated for 30 meters. Large folding frame viewfinder with pendulum level, unusual design, incorporating distance scale on transparent inset sheet - focusing pointer visible from rear of camera. 'Chimneypot' exposure calculator on side of camera.
Phenakistoscope Disc of Man With Racket and Ball
'The Phenakistiscope (sic) or Living Picture'. Published by W Soffe, Strand. One of eight hand coloured lithographic designs on 182mm diameter cards; man with racket and ball.
Magic lantern slide: Lighthouse in a storm
A hand-painted magic lantern slide of a lighthouse in a storm at night, made by an unknown artist between 1850 and 1900. The slide shows waves crashing over a lighthouse, a ship can be seen in the background.
Gaumont-Kalee GK21 35mm cinema projector
Gaumont-Kalee GK21 35mm cinema film projector with President lamphouse, made in Leeds, 1948-1958. Type 83. Manufactured by BAF Ltd London Ser No 653.
Wheatstone's Moving Picture Viewer
Stereo-kinematographic viewing apparatus, 'Wheatstone's Moving Picture Viewer'. Holding a reel of stereoscopic images of a mechanical apparatus, albumen prints.
Le Praxinoscope, made by Emil Reynaud, Paris. 12.5cm diameter drum; two facet mirror drum. French patent 120484, 30 August 1877 'Appareil pour obtenir l'illusion du mouvement a l'aide de glaces mobiles'. Six complete bands, plus fragments.
Poster for the film 'Pimple Collects the Rent'
Film poster: 'Pimple Collects the Rent', (also known as 'Pimple as a Rent Collector') c. 1912. Film produced by Folly Films. Poster printed by Sutley & Silverlock.
Ross 'Wheel of Life' magic lantern slide
Lantern slide with mica disc printed with 19 phases of running man and single slot shutter disc, both rotated by spring belt and pulley drives from single handle.
Robert Paul's Cinematograph Camera No 2
Early Kinematograph apparatus by Robert Paul, London, 1896. One camera with continuous feed.
Prestwich Model 4 cine camera
Prestwich No. 4 cinematograph camera with external spool boxes,and tripod,1898.
No 1 Kinemacolor Camera
No 1 Kinemacolor camera, 1909, made by the Natural Color Kinematograph Company Limited, 89-91 Wardour Street, London. Fitted with a Dallmeyer super-six anastigmat f1.9, F=2". Urban Patent 8348.
Magic lantern slide: Waterfall by night
A dissolving magic lantern slide showing a waterfall by night. The waterfall is possibly Niagara Falls. The other slide in the pair shows the waterfall by day.
Prestwich 35mm cine camera
For 35mm film in 300' internal magazines. No lens; claw intermittent, two sprockets; through-film critical focusing; footage counter; hand turned; single frame shaft. Lens missing.
Two Kineograph Flicker Books
Flicker books (2): windmill, illustration in original patent, cover and 1st pages missing; dancing skeleton. Linnett's patent.
Poster for the Granville Theatre of Varieties
A Music Hall poster for the Granville Theatre of Varieties, Walham Green, printed by Oldfield and Company in 1898. The poster advertises the acts for the week beginning Monday 10th October, at the top of the bill is 'Edison's Life-Size Animated Pictures'.
Cinematograph camera, with intermittent 'dog motion', for 35mm film, made by Birt Acres in c 1897-1898. Seperate side shutter. Made before the first public showing of motion pictures and is an experimental camera. The viewfinder, drive wheel, spindle and handle have been added later to make the camera complete.
Kodak instamatic M2 Cine Camera
Kodak instamatic M2 camera. Manufactured by Eastman Kodak, assembled by Kodak Limited. For Super 8 film in cartridges; Kodak Ektanar lens f/2.2; manual exposure setting, manual exposure guide. DV optical finder; electric motor drive. Serial No D21675. In original packing.
Pathé Baby projector
Pathe Baby Projector for 9.5mm film in projection chargers. Double claw intermittent, automatic take up in glazed chamber. Hand turned. Hand rewind. Lamp resistance in base. Sensor for notched films. Filter wheel before lens for tinting - orange, yellow, green, pink, cyan and clear sections. No 176566. Pathe. Loaded with exposed film.
Pair of Polaroid polarised glasses for 3D cinema in original case, 1960-1970.
Cranked lantern slide with moiré pattern
A magic lantern cranked slide which produces moiré patterns, made by an unknown maker in 1850. The slide consists of two discs of perforated metal, one fixed, one rotated by means of the handle. As it turns, it produces a range of moiré patterns on the screen.
Magic lantern slide: Roast meat attacks a man
A magic lantern slipping slide showing a man being attacked by his roast dinner, made by an unknown artist in 1870. The first part of the slide shows the man about to begin eating the animal on his plate, fork in hand.
Handbill for screening of 'Ice Station Zebra'
Handbill for a screening of the film 'Ice Station Zebra' in Cinerama at the London Casino.
Western Electric Co Ltd 16” single sided disc. Interworld Films 532, catalogue number FRS1728. Columbia Graphophone Co Ltd
Disc for sound film: Robin Hood
16” single sided disc. Catalogue number FRS1658. Columbia Graphophone Co Ltd. B&D 1199-1 scratched onto disc. Plus original sleeve
Magic lantern pose slide 'Entente' 'Two Flags One Cause'
Magic lantern pose slide 'Entente' 'Two Flags One Cause', showing a sailor holding a sword with a bulldog standing in front of a warship, British and French flags around the edge of the image. The background image of the ship is photographic, with the central figures and surround hand drawn and coloured.
Magic lantern pose slide
Magic lantern pose slide showing a soldier dressed in green uniform standing by a row of tents.
Magic lantern pose slide showing a man standing in front of a grand building with a rifle across his back
Magic lantern pose slide showing a man standing in front of a grand building with a rifle across his back. Background image is photographic, foreground and figure are hand painted.
Magic lantern pose slide showing a woman in Dutch dress holding milk pails
Magic lantern pose slide showing a woman in Dutch dress holding milk pails, standing by water with windmills in the background.
Rackwork polarising magic lantern slide
Rackwork polarising magic lantern slide with hand crank and brass rod control with rotating coloured glass polarising discs which change the image from purples to greens and vice versa.