The collection comprises:
The Cinema Book published by The Brown Novelty Company, Streatham
Bookano Stories with Pictures that Spring Up in Model Form No. 2, edited by S. Louis Giraud, Strand Publications
Theodore Brown, Fisherton Salisbury cabinet card with inset plate and manuscript legend The first microscopic Kinematograph pictures. Taken by Theodore Brown Dec 4 1905. 140 to Ring
The Streatham News April 23 1926, with column headed New Cinematography. Streatham Inventions to Mark the Next Stage...
Advertising poster Stereoscopic Living Pictures, Monday, November 30... at County Hall Salisbury...Absolutely ythe First Public Exhibition in the world...
Patent No. 11420 '08. Theodore Brown and Bessie Kate Brown for Improved Method of and means for producing apparently animated pictures, 26 May 1908.
Advertising proof for The Cinema Book in Homes & Gardens (1927)
St George and Dragon (partially coloured)
Fairy Castle. Model I Annual (coloured)
Sleigh and Father Christmas (coloured)
Butterfly and flower. Improved (coloured)
Pyramids and Egypt (coloured)
10 Little Nigger Boys (sic) (coloured)
Prehistoric man (coloured)
Circus Clow and Shrub's Little Man (coloured)
Last Supper (uncoloured)
Bear, monkey and stork (coloured)
Dutch fisherman (coloured)
Tiger Hunt on Elephant (monochrome)
Peacock (Bookano) (monochrome)
London and the Savoy in Silver Jubillee Year
Daily Express Children's Annual. All the coloured Pictures rise up in model form.
The Trench Quoits Jig-Saw Puzzle/The Jig-Saw Toy Constructing Puzzle
Target game sheet [First World War]
Fourteen monochrome printed pages Copyright T.B./27.
Three cut-out figures
Stephen Herbert summarised Brown's activities in Photographica World: 'Theodore Brown's inventions, devices and experiments covered many fields including mechanical shadow slides for the magic lantern, Kinoplastikon (a version of Pepper's Ghost that used filmed actors, 3-D anaglyph postcards, animated red/green drawings for children's books; novel jigsaws that could also be assembled as toys; and a complex arrangement for 3-D filming that enabled projection without viewing aids. He was a prolific contributor to the photographic and optical press for many years'. In addition Brown was also a designer of pop-up books and inventor of the Spirograph. Herbert's book examines in depth Brown's activities and career.
This collection of material covers many of Brown's activities and includes much material not previously seen. In particular, the poster for Brown's projection demonstration is probably unique. The pop-up mock-ups later appeared in many publications and are discussed in depth by Herbert (pp. 110-113).