London, South Kensington
20 July 2004
Victor ciné camera no. 130
Victor Animatograph Co., Davenport, Iowa, USA; 16mm., black-painted metal body, with hand-crank and lens
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Peter Ariel (1989), Ariel Cinematographica Register, no. 1103.Alan Katelle (2000), Home Movies. A History of the American Industry 1897-1979, p. 142-143.
Eastman Kodak Co. invited Alexander F Victor to Rochester to inspect the yet to be launched 16mm direct reversal film that was then being developed. Victor changed his plans to launch a 28mm camera in favour of 16mm and was sent samples of the film for testing. Although EKC urged Victor (and Bell & Howell) not to launch their 16mm products before the offical 1 June 1923 launch Victor managed to get a few cameras and projectors on to the market and subsequently boasted of having produced the first 16mm camera. The camera was shown to the SMPE as early as May 1923.
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