animatoscope gravure




1 J. Ottway & Sons  
2 1896  
3 Grande-Bretagne  


04-16/05/1896 Grande-Bretagne Leeds. Theatre Royal. F. Harvard animatoscope
[11]/09-[06]/11/1896 Grande-Bretagne Londres. East London Exhibition   animatoscope
09/11/1896 Grande-Bretagne Leicester. New Empire Palace.   animatoscope
03-05/12/1896 Grande-Bretagne Londres. Stratford. Grand Bazaar   animatoscope


The name given to this particular apparatus for showing animated pictures is the animatoscope, of which an illustration is here given.
It is mounted on a strong metal pillar, to which the driving wheel is fastened. By means of adjusting screws, the desired tilt of the lantern is easily attained. Means are provided for showing slides other than those in connection with animated photography, and this is arranged in an ingenious manner, the pulling of a lever causing the reflecting mirror under the condenser to be placed at the requisite angle, and also at the same time drawing the illuminant doser to the condenser so as to better illuminate the slide, which in this instance is placed on a small platform, to which the lens support is erected. The so-called alum trough, which of course contains only water, is pivoted in such a manner that it can if required be brought into use or withdrawn by a mere touch of the finger. The above style of instrument is best adapted for halls, but this firm are also making a smaller and lighter apparatus for private rooms. In this instance, the heavy stand is dispensed with, and the driving wheel attached in a convenient position.

The Magic Lantern Journal and Photographic Enlarger. Almanach & Annual 1897-98, p. 123-124


This machine, which is of very solid construction, employs a Maltese cross actuated by two pins on a smooth disc as the intermittent mechanism. The shutter is serrated at its edges, and thus passes a shadow with an ill-defined edge across the screen, as in the older forms of dissolving view apparatus. When it is desired to project ordinary views during film-changing, a mirror is turned up at an angle of 45º before the condenser. The light then, instead of passing through the front mechanism, is deflected upward through a horizontally placed stage carrying an ordinary slide. The light then passes through an ordinary projection lens placed above the stage, and so, by a deflecting mirror, to the screen.

Henry V. Hopwood, Living Pictures, Londres, The Optician & Photographic Trades Review, 1899, p. 175.