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Cine projector made by Paillard

This was the projector used by the Davenport family to show various cine films of family members, friends and magicians. The films were mainly taken in the 1930s. It was made in Switzerland and operated on 110 volts. For use in the United Kingdom a rheostat (the variable resistor shown in the photograph) was necessary to step the mains voltage down from 240 to 110 volts. It was easy to get an electric shock off the rheostat – it would not be allowed today. The design of the projector was clever in that simply by changing some of the fittings it was possible to show both 9.5mm and 16mm film.

Item Details

Size The base is 200 x 170mm and the height is 360mm.
Date First half of the 20th century, probably around the 1930s.
Key Phrases
Ref no N1977