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Thirty-five millimeter film projector made of tin, galvanized metal and brass. It has two film reels and sits on a wood base. The Amet Magniscope, "The perfect projecting machine," was one of the earliest motion picture projectors manufactured. It was designed and manufactured between 1896 and 1897 by E. H. Amet of Waukegan, Illinois, an Illinois native and pioneer in the motion picture industry. It should be noted, however, that Louis and Auguste Lumiere, produced the very first reasonable demonstration of a projected moving image. On December 28, 1895 in Paris, the Lumiere brothers showed a film of a train entering a station, a rowing boat leaving a harbor, and workers leaving a factory, to a disbelieving crowd. The cinema as we know it today was born that night. E.H. Amet was the first inventor to put sprockets into his film. Thus the film would advance in his projector. The operating side had a calcium light. This device projects moving images onto a screen. This early movie projector ran with a modified crank. Burning gas was used as the light source but it created a fire risk. Originally marketed for $259, but because of its awkward design and possible fire hazard the price fell to $100, and the inventor resorted to selling the accompanying films to make a profit. Only seven Magniscopes are known to exist. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has two models in its collection. How we learn about communities; American communities in history 16 History; 10-12 Science; 13 Science, Technology and Society
|Amet, Edward H. (Edward Hill), 1860-1948|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
Motion picture projectors
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