Silent Era Handcrank Projector Questions

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Silent Era Handcrank Projector Questions

PostWed Nov 26, 2008 4:01 pm

I've noticed a number of silent era Power's Cameragraph projectors on ebay recently. They seemed to have been produced into the 1920s.

Optigraphs, originally sold by Sears, are much more rarer. I think they stopped making them before 1910. Am I right?

Does anyone have a rundown of the different companies making motion picture projectors heads before the sound era?
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PostMon Dec 01, 2008 1:55 am

Ah you have tapped into my heroin, here...There are a number of really fun web links that tackle these questions, as far as the Optigraph I believe it was produced up until 1907:

Here is a link to a collector who has a mini book he wrote about the Optigraph including many images, his name is Soterios Gardiakos.
http://bioscope.biz/home.htm

The exciting hobby of collecting CINEMATOGRAPHICA
http://www.xs4all.nl/~wichm/cinemat.html

List of vintage movie cameras, projectors, precinema, etc.
http://www.xs4all.nl/~wichm/cinelist.html#A

Catalog of Professor Hall's Cinema Museum
http://www.silentmovies.com/catalog/catalog.htm

More than one hundred years of Film Sizes
http://www.xs4all.nl/~wichm/filmsize.html

And even the website for George Eastman House has some information mixed in with their pre-cinema collection.

There are a number of books dealing with these early projectors as well including Terry Ramsaye's Million and one nights which amongst all the "edison started everything" rhetoric you will find some nifty and specific technical info about these early projectors. If you are interested in more of these book titles let me know and I'll post a list of those as well, but perhaps you only wanted a simple answer.

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