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Panorama-style Projector of Unknown Name


Exhibit Category: Pre-cinematography
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Date of Manufacture:
1910-20
Country of Manufacture:
Great Britain
Description of artifact(s):
This fascinating exhibit appears to have developed out of the ‘ombro-cinema’ system that first appeared in France around 1913-14. It consists of a fabric ‘panorama’, which rotates in a circular fashion, from left to right, when cranked by a handle. This panorama is back-lit and projected on to a screen which is part of a circus ‘décor’. It has a coin slot, and the upper part of the device has the number 138. From the middle until the end of the 19th century, a great many projection systems with original names were developed in England, such as the panoptikon, eidoloscope etc, until the more completely integrated kinetoscope and mutascope made their appearance. At the same time, along with the practice of viewing scenes in a cinematographic “dark room”, viewing in places such as amusement parks also became popular, with image-projection devices, usually including musical accompaniment, which functioned like slot-machines.
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Label Information:
SUPPLIED BY PHILIP SHEFRAS Ltd, HOLLYBUSH PLACE, BETHNAL GREEN ROAD, LONDON E.2, BIS HOPSGARE G138
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