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Original Power’s Cameragraph Catalog

This orig­i­nal Power’s Cam­er­a­graph cat­a­log, pub­lished in 1916, is in the col­lec­tion at the Hobo­ken His­tor­i­cal Muse­um.

Accord­ing to the website’s “Scope and Con­tent” descrip­tion — as quot­ed:

Power’s Cam­er­a­graph. Nicholas Pow­er Com­pa­ny, 50 Gold Street, New York. Copy­right 1916. Priced cat­a­log of 35mm pro­jec­tors and stere­op­ti­cons [lantern slides] with tipped-in revised price list dat­ed Feb­ru­ary 15, 1918. Book­let, 6 – 3/4” x 8 – 3/4″ high, 52 pp, pho­to illus­trat­ed.”

Click to view full catalog.View the entire Power’s Cam­er­a­graph Cat­a­log here.
Click on “MULTIMEDIA LINKSCLICK HERE to view the PDF” and you’ll see the pages in high res­o­lu­tion. You can also order any page for ref­er­ence or fram­ing.

The Hobo­ken His­tor­i­cal Muse­um fur­ther explains:

This copy belonged to Julius Durste­witz, Direc­tor of Hobo­ken Play­grounds (under the Parks depart­ment) for the City of Hobo­ken in this era. It was appar­ent­ly used for the pur­chase of a “Cam­er­a­graph No. 6A, Com­plete Equip­ment” as shown and described on pages 10 – 11 where this out­fit is marked with pen­cil (along with the 1918 revised price list is tipped-in.) The orig­i­nal equip­ment plus ele­ments of its lat­er mod­i­fi­ca­tion are in the Muse­um col­lec­tions as objects cat­a­log 2005.078.1200.

Appar­ent­ly kept by Durste­witz with the set which includ­ed a lamp with an inte­gral stere­op­ti­con (lantern slide pro­jec­tor) and the cam­er­a­graph, a 35mm film silent film pro­jec­tor. Stand and acces­sories are part of this portable out­fit. It was used used for many years in Play­ground Depart­ment activ­i­ties for chil­dren includ­ing, but not stat­ed, at 109 Jef­fer­son St. Prob­a­ble date of pur­chase 1918 and end date prob­a­bly in the late 1930s and cer­tain­ly by the mid 1940s when Durste­witz retired.”

attachment pg 10 rotated revised price list Feb. 15 1918

Parts list with prices. View entire cat­a­log here.
Click on “MULTIMEDIA LINKSCLICK HERE to view the PDF” and you’ll see the pages in high res­o­lu­tion. You can also order any page for ref­er­ence or fram­ing.

My pro­jec­tor is the Power’s Cam­er­a­graph Mod­el 6, pro­duced in 1909, with the portable table as shown on Page 22 of the cat­a­log. This was called a “bread­board” because the wal­nut slab of wood upon which the project and lamp hous­ing are mount­ed resem­bles a kitchen cut­ting board.

This 1909 Power’s Mod­el 6  was dis­cov­ered in a chick­en coup on a farm by the projectionist’s grand­chil­dren, who told me it was used between 1909 and 1916 as an orig­i­nal itin­er­ant pro­jec­tor. I ful­ly restored the pro­jec­tor and updat­ed it with a high-inten­si­ty halo­gen lamp. It is now repris­ing its orig­i­nal role as a “portable mov­ing pic­ture machine” which trav­els with me from venue to venue, enter­tain­ing audi­ences with hand-cranked silent cin­e­ma enter­tain­ment.

The End