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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


Carla Laemmle, 104, Attends Restored Phantom Screening


Carla Laemmle, 104, attends screening of 1925 Phantom of the Opera, in which she was the prima ballerina. Film was restored by Joe Rinaudo, seen here with Ms. Laemmle.
Watch the documentary below:

Documentary: Premiere Screening of Restored Phantom of the Opera

This fas­ci­nat­ing doc­u­men­tary by Michael J. Cahill / 35mm Films takes you to the grand ball­room  at the Nether­cutt, where you wit­ness the behind-the-scenes thread­ing, crank­ing, and pro­ject­ing of the Restored 1925 Phan­tom of the Opera. You also see the chang­ing of glass lantern slides for reel changes and inter­mis­sion.

Carla Laemmle in audience and on screen

Carla LaemmleThis pre­miere screen­ing of the restored film was attend­ed by Ms. Car­la Laemm­le, niece of Carl Laemm­le, own­er of Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios at the time. Most fas­ci­nat­ing is that Ms. Laemm­le was not only in the audi­ence, she was in  the film, fea­tured as the pri­ma bal­le­ri­na.

Ms. Laemm­le, 104 years of age when this doc­u­men­tary was filmed, gave an insight­ful inter­view to Joe Rin­au­do, recall­ing spe­cial moments on the set and work­ing with Lon Chaney.

Of spe­cial note is that the film was pro­ject­ed on a Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph, man­u­fac­tured in 1909 — the same year Car­la Laemm­le was born.

Ms. Laemm­le attend­ed the screen­ing on Octo­ber 26, 2013 of the restored Phan­tom of the Opera, the film she danced in near­ly nine­ty years pri­or.  She passed away sev­en months lat­er. Con­tin­ue read­ing Car­la Laemm­le, 104, Attends Restored Phan­tom Screen­ing