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Equipment for period: full 1940's decade.

Click to see large picture Newman Sinclair Auto Kine Model G
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the end of 1960's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The Newman Sinclair 'mute' model G 35mm movie camera had a clockwork drive and used a pre-loaded film cassette. The camera was used by newsreel companies during the Second World War (the evacuation of Dunkirk etc) and the Korean War. Television used the camera to shoot programme inserts, documentaries and early tv news footage. The camera pictured is in untested working condition and could be used to shoot footage.

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Click to see large picture EDMONTON Camera crane
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The 'Edmonton' crane was based on the ca:1936 US Fearless 'Panoram' movie studio dolly. The distinctive Edmonton was built for the Rank Organisation and used mainly in British film studios. The crane had a central jib that could be raised 7ft and the turntable rotated 360 deg. The crane could be adapted, with the addition of cable guards, to operate in tv studios. Another version designed exclusively for television studios by Vinten was called the 'Pathfinder'.

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Click to see large picture Wall 35mm
Period:   from the full 1940's to the end of 1970's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The WALL 35mm camera was a 'single system' optical sound camera. Robust with four lenses, this camera was designed for mainly newsreel work (Movietone News etc). The camera first appeared in the mid-1920s and a sound version, in 1935. The camera continued in use until the late 1970s. Larger picture shows our Wall dressed for a 'news scene' with our Bell & Howell 2709, a Newman Sinclair plus period microphones and stands.

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Click to see large picture Hewitt Mic Boom
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A restored example of a lightweight Hewitt microphone boom with a 13ft arm. Film, tv and recording studio use.

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Click to see large picture Wall Showcase
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Re-creation
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Lord Attenborough poses above a GA-TV Wall movie camera. Apposite promotion material for BSKYB's Millenium Movies season

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Click to see large picture MOLE-RICHARDSON Solar Spot
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the end of 1960's
Type:   Lighting
Quantity:   8 specimens available

Mole-Richardson 2K fresnel spot with barn doors, used extensively in theatre, film and tv studios. Very heavy item.

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Click to see large picture ECLAIR Crab
Period:   from the full 1940's to the end of 1990's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   3 specimens available

The ECLAIR 'Crab' originated in French film studios, pre-war. Purely mechanical with steerable linked tri-wheels, this pedestal could be elevated in two stages to a height of 6ft. Used from the early 1950s in tv studios and particularly on obs. Still used.

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Click to see large picture Cinetechnic Sound Projector
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the end of 1960's
Type:   Film projectors
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Heavy duty 16mm sound projector. Military/industrial applications and use.

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Click to see large picture Golden Age TV Studio logos & captions
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1990's
Type:   Re-creation
Quantity:   1 specimens available

GA-TV can accurately recreate camera badging and studio ident logos. Important items for which we have an extensive reference library. The example shows 'Associated-Rediffusion' from circa 1958.

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Click to see large picture MOLE-RICHARDSON SCOOP
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Lighting
Quantity:   4 specimens available

The SCOOP was a 1k soft light source used originally in film studios. In the 1950s Scoop lights were used extensively worldwide in Image Orthicon monochrome studios.

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Click to see large picture Newman Sinclair Pan head
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

All metal pan head and tripod, (extended to 8 ft). First devised for use with the NS Model G 35mm clockwork movie camera. Later use with Auricon 16mm cameras on tv news.

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Click to see large picture Golden Age TV Image Iconoscope Camera
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the beginning of 1950's
Type:   Broadcast TV cameras
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Created especially for IBC '97 in Amsterdam this unique camera is an Image Iconoscope camera using a Cathodeon Photicon tube from 1948 powered by modern solid state electronics developed especially for the task. The result is iconsoscope pictures of the pre-war type exhibiting all the 'text book' problems of 'tilt and bend', low sensitivity etc. The top picture is of the camera head under construction, the lower left picture is of the Image Iconoscope itself and the lower right picture is an off screen image from the camera. The camera is still operational. Also see 'Pye Photicon'.

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Click to see large picture KODAK TELEVISION EKTANON
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Lenses
Quantity:   6 specimens available

Kodak adapted and provided their range of high-quality Ektar photographic lenses for use in post-war RCA 3"-inch I.O. tv cameras (TK10A etc). These now quite rare lenses, were specially fitted with turret screw mounts, and were fully colour-corrected (for infrared).

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Click to see large picture Dallmeyer SUPER SIX
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Lenses
Quantity:   3 specimens available

Dallmeyer made a range of lenses for tv cameras. The image shows a 'Super Six' 4"-inch f/1.9. To complicate matters, each brand of tv camera needed a dedicated lens mount. The one pictured is for a Pye Mk 3 camera. Note the four studs on the top of the mount. These were used to automatically or remotely adjust the iris when the 'taking' lens was positioned in front of the image tube. The two red marks on each side of the lens are a colour code to indicate, in this instance, 'Camera' One, (BBC Bristol OBs -MCR 12 circa 1955).

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Click to see large picture RCA 1850A Iconoscope
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1950's
Type:   Imaging Tubes
Quantity:   1 specimens available

1850A Iconoscope camera tube. This tube is from the late 1940's but the design is late 1930's. The difference in the period of manufacture is denoted by the internal white flashing. The tube is not gassed and the getter is still good.

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Click to see large picture MOLE-RICHARDSON Microphone Boom
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The Mole-Richardson Type 103B microphone boom was a familar item in both tv and movie studios from the 1940s onwards. The boom arm extends to approx 17ft and the base 'pram' has wheels, steerable from the rear. A certain skill was required to manipulate this equipment, not least to avoid hitting the talent or falling off. Our example, (pictured on a recent period production), is in full working condition and can be manipulated as desired.

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Click to see large picture Bell & Howell EYEMO 'N'
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The Bell & Howell EYEMO range of 35mm cameras included a turret version called a 'Spyder'. The version pictured is from the early 1940s and has 1-inch, 2-inch & 3-inch Cooke lenses plus a matching optical viewfinder using a simple but effective system of masks and flip-over optics within the viewfinder tunnel. There is also a critical focus device. The basic camera takes 100ft of spool-loaded film, with an additional 400ft magazine and 12v motor attachment. The camera type was used extensively in WW2 for war footage and for newsreel work around the globe. Working condition.

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Click to see large picture DEBRIE Pied Chariot
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   3 specimens available

This pedestal is of French film origin and was used throughout the 1950s in studios by BBC Television (Lime Grove) and ITV companies. During that period there was nothing better available, at least in Europe. The Debrie had an advantage over the US Houston Fearless tv studio type pedestals inasmuch that it could crank quite low to the floor and was much lighter. This easily steered pedestal (which sometimes had three stabilising struts attached) has three linked wheels and is fully mechanical. Maximum height,6ft. Larger image shows the pedestal 'on set'

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Click to see large picture RCA 3 Inch Image Orthicon
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Imaging Tubes
Quantity:   10 specimens available

The 3 inch Image Orthicon tube was produced first in the USA by RCA initially for WW2 military use and then in 1945 for broadcast use. Termed a 'low velocity' photo emmisive tube, the 3 inch IO revolutionised tv camera design and tv production because of its high sensitivity. This enabled outside broadcasting to be undertaken in very poor light and also implimented the use of camera lens turrets and electronic viewfinders. One 'trick' of the 3 inch IO was that it could photograph the human face by the light of a single small candle. The black 'halo' reproduced around the candle flame was another matter.

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Click to see large picture STUDIO SIGNS VISION ON SOUND ON
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   STUDIO SIGNS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

This 'Vision On-Sound On' studio sign is a hand-built prop in a wall-mountable black wooden box (approx 90x60cms) with red light bulb illumination. Both 'Vision' and 'Sound' can be switched or flashed independently. Design of the unit is based on the 1936 BBC studio model and that of the BBC Riverside Studios 1950s/60s.

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Click to see large picture Pye Photicon
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the end of 1950's
Type:   Imaging Tubes
Quantity:   4 specimens available

Image Iconoscope class of imaging tube. This type was made by Cathodeon (a Pye company). Similar types were made by Marconi-EMI, Philips, RCA etc. pre-war. The idea is to separate the imaging function from that of the storage function. The image section is where the light from the scene is converted into an electron image. This is then transferred to the storage target for reading by the electron gun. Later versions used a number of small lamps around the periphery to help control the 'tilt and bend' problems associated with iconoscope cameras.

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Click to see large picture GRAMPIAN DPL
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the end of 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large and heavy moving coil PA mic with stand. First manufactured in 1939, this Grampian mic looks good hanging from a microphone boom or fronting a 'jive' concert. Floor stand or desk stand available

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Click to see large picture Golden Age TV book
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1990's
Type:   Miscellaneous
Quantity:   1 specimens available

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Click to see large picture MOLE-RICHARDSON Type 210
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Lighting
Quantity:   1 specimens available

2000 watt type 210 'Junior Solar Spot' from Mole Richardson. Produced first in 1934, this iconic lamp is now quite rare and sort after. Of cast alloy aluminium, this heavy lamp was of 'silent' operation, specifically 'for use in the production of sound motion pictures'. In our example, the bi-post lamp unit has been implanted with a household light bulb for 'show' only.

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Click to see large picture GEC BCS 2372
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

This is a ribbon mic from GEC. The mic is complete with floor stand and lead.

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Click to see large picture BBC Test Oscillator
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the end of 1970's
Type:   Miscellaneous
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Officially: Tone Source, Portable PTS/10/170. Very old all valve design, battery operated. As used for general purpose audio frequency response testing, especially for OBs. Operational.

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Click to see large picture VITAVOX Moving coil
Period:   from the full 1940's to the beginning of 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Vitavox version of the STC 4017C moving coil microphone. Our example with repro 'BBC' flag, was used by the Corporation until the early 1950s. Looks the part in a radio studio of the period. Larger image shows the rear aspect which would be the usual operating position view.

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Click to see large picture Vinten MODEL J GYRO TRIPOD
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   2 specimens available

The Vinten Model J Gyro Tripod consisted of two gyroscopic movements in the panning and tilting mechanisms that introduced drag. This resulted in a smooth, steady motion, especially useful when using very long lenses. Designed in the 1930s for full-sized 35mm cameras such as the Vinten H or Wall/Bell & Howell types. The example pictured has been fully restored.

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Click to see large picture GEC Spotlight
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Lighting
Quantity:   1 specimens available

GEC spotlight of probably 1950s vintage. Non-practical but does have a 100w bulb implanted for 'effect'. Used originally for am-drams, in church halls or on cheap British films.

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Click to see large picture Turner. Dynamic.
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large silver microphone from the Turner company of Cedar Rapids Iowa. 1950s 'retro' style. Larger image shows floor standing rig.

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Click to see large picture YOGA DM 868
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Reproduction microphone in the style of an Electrovoice 'Cardax' cardioid microphone of the 1940s/1950s. This YOGA is a good quality dynamic microphone in muted silver die cast zinc housing. FR 60Hz-16,000Hz. Sensitivity -78dB. Three-pin XLR.

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Click to see large picture Ekco TSC48/1 black and white televi
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Domestic televisions
Quantity:   1 specimens available

405 line set made in 1948 and in full working order. Can be supplied with a miniature 625-405 line digital converter. The set's design, being a 'mirror lid', is of pre-war origin and could be regarded as typical of its type back to the mid 1930s.

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Click to see large picture Bolex 16 mm projector
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Film projectors
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Operational unit in excellent condition.

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Click to see large picture Marconi -BBC Type 'B'
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A rare Marconi-BBC Type 'B' ribbon microphone, developed in 1937 for use mainly on obs. This microphone, weighing in at 1.7kgs could be floor-mounted, desk mounted or suspended. BBC photos of the period show the microphone in widespread WWII use (eg: Gracie Fields, ITMA,'Workers Playtime'). Large and imposing, the mic pictured (dressed with a BBC logo and on a reproduction stand)is in working condition. This actual Marconi mic was used by The International Broadcasting Company in their London, 35 Portland Place studios for Radio Normandy, a famous pre-war 'commercial pirate' radio broadcaster.(Technical note). Over 4" inches in diameter, this ribbon mic was made possible by the use of Alnico alloy (aluminium-nickel-cobalt) for the magnet, which allowed a small circular magnet to be used rather than the large horseshoe-shaped magnet of the Type A mic. The type 'B' mic became popular for OBs and sports commentaries. It could be fitted to a breastplate, worn by the commentator. This ensured that the mic was always facing him as he turned to follow the action. This system was not totally successful and ultimately it led to the development of the L1 lip mic in the same year. (Chris Owen- Senior BBC engineer) Hire of this mic and stand would be under strict conditions.

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Click to see large picture Dallmeyer DALMAC
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the end of 1960's
Type:   Lenses
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An example of a Dallmeyer DALMAC lens: 5"-inch f/3.5. This lens is dated 1951 and it fitted onto the turrent of a Marconi Mk II image orthicon monochrome tv camera. The 'sleeve' around the front of the barrel was a toothed ring, linked to an 'auto iris' servo motor. The rear attachment was a bayonet system.

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Click to see large picture Dallmeyer SUPER LITE
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Lenses
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large and certainly not 'Lite'(sic), this 2kg Dallmeyer 'TELEVISION SUPER LITE' lens, 7"-inch f2.1 is dated 1948 and was used on the Pye Photicon camera range. The beautiful chromed barrel is as clear today as it was at manufacture. The only unknown is the turret mount which is certainly not that of a Pye Photicon camera. The mount is a very heavyweight bayonet type and looks to have been made as a special order. Any info will be gratefully received.

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Click to see large picture BBC LSU/1/127
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Loudspeakers
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A BBC speaker from 1939, the LSU/1 Loud Speaker Unit was part of the OBA/8 outside broadcast 'portable' transmission kit as used throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Our example is in restored working condition. The larger picture shows the back baffle, 'up'.

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Click to see large picture ERICSSON Type of
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   HEADSETS
Quantity:   10 specimens available

Pre-war and post-war use in UK tv studios. Various makes all looking similar

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Click to see large picture STC 4021
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

The STC 4021 moving coil mic was developed circa 1935. Because of its shape it was known within the BBC as the 'apple and biscuit'. Some writers have called it the 'ball and biscuit' - this is ill-informed nonsense! The mic was designed to be used with the 'biscuit' horizontal, but there were few studio applications for an omni-directional mic. (Though local radio sometimes used the 4021 for 'round table' discussions) Useful outdoors as an effects/ambience mic, indoors it was mainly used as a talkback/gallery mic (tv & radio). For talkback it was never used as the manufacturers intended; it was either fitted flush to a panel on the mixer or used with the 'biscuit' vertical on a swan neck that could barely support its weight. (Notes by Chris Owen Senior BBC Radio Engineer)

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Click to see large picture MITCHELL Model BB
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Manufactured in Glendale California, this pan head is numbered 91. Much copied, the Mitchell movie camera pan and tilt head has no equal and our example is in full working condition. Tension springs help moderate the 'tilt'.

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Click to see large picture Creed and Company 7B
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the end of 1960's
Type:   Teleprinters (telex)
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Classic teleprinter of a type made between the early 1930s and the late 1950s. The picture shows the machine with its 'sound-proof' cover fitted, but this was an optional extra, and many were used without - especially in the 1930s and during World War II. Fully operational and can be used with an interface unit (supplied) to print out text from a standard PC.

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Click to see large picture golden age Ribbon
Period:   full 1940's decade
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

1920/30s style suspended ribbon microphone. This item is a non fuctioning prop, probably constructed from a food tin and thus a complete fake. Nevertheless, convincing as a 1920s/30s microphone for display, public address, 'dance band' or even a broadcast 'Kings Speech' mic of the period. Attaches to a generic modern floor or table stand. Larger picture shows the mic on a period style stand

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Click to see large picture PATHE Pathescope H
Period:   from the full 1940's to the end of 1950's
Type:   Amateur video/film
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Small but quite heavy 9.5mm cine camera from the 1940s. Uses a pre-loaded cassette. Fixed focus lens but with a limited aperture range.

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Click to see large picture Hewitt Universal Junior
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Lighting
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Small Hewitt spot light. 100 or 200watt. Typical Hewitt shape. Non practical.

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Click to see large picture Turner. 99
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A Turner 99 dynamic mic. Classic mic design from the 1930s based on the Western Electric 618. Ideal for reproducing scenes of American radio broadcasting or newsreels spaning the 1930s/1950s. Various mic 'flags' of the period, available.

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Click to see large picture Turner. 999
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A 'Balanced Line Dynamic' model 999 microphone by Turner, based on the Western Electric 618. 1940s/50s. Original dark grey casing. Non functioning

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Click to see large picture Vinten K
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A VINTEN type K 35mm movie camera. This camera has been adapted from the basic High Speed model with a repro lens and covered 400ft film magazine port on the top. Can be used as a hand-held 'newsreel' camera of the '1930s/1940s' for background effect.

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Click to see large picture Vinten LIGHT GYRO TRIPOD
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Light Vinten version of their gyroscopic pan and tilt head range. This pan head was suitable for use with smaller 35mm cameras such as the Newman Sinclair, Eyemo or Arriflex 35mm. The gyroscope system- for both pan and tilt-was useful for smoothing out camera actions when using long lenses. Our example has been fully restored.

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Click to see large picture LUSTRAPHONE 4096
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large chrome microphone with two terminals. Floor or table standing. Public address/concert hall/theatre use

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Click to see large picture STC L. 2. LIP MIC (4104)
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

The BBC L.2. LIP MIC, designed originally in 1937, was used (and still is) for sports commentaries and venues with a noisy ambience. For the best results, it is necessary to speak very closely into the microphone. For this purpose, a metal guard at the front of the microphone gives a precise speaking distance of 2 1/2 inches when pressed against the top lip. The design was improved further in 1951 and production models were used extensively by commentators at the 1953 Coronation broadcast. Our example pictured, is ex-BBC OBs circa 1950/60s.

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Click to see large picture Ernest Moy Ltd CRADLE HEAD
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large 16" inch 'cradle' pan and tilt head from Moy of London. Used by film studios worldwide. Also special effects work and stop motion animation. Our example ex-BBC Television. Company History: Established by Ernest Francis Moy (c1869-1926) and Percie Henry Bastie in 1895 to manufacture fuses, circuit breakers and switches; from 1897 began establishing cine equipment patents, even producing films through the off-shoot company Cinematograph Co. Produced first cine camera with daylight loading in 1900, the Moy and Bastie camera; by 1911 Moy cameras in use by film makers worldwide.

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Click to see large picture ECLAIR CAMEFLEX
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Classic French movie camera, designed in 1947. This camera was adopted by the French 'New Wave' cinema because of its portability and flexibility. The camera could shoot either 35mm or 16mm film and had a three-lens offset turret. The focussing was through a mirror reflex viewfinder. The camera used also by newsreels, advertising and tv. The Rank series 'Look At Life' features the camera in it's opening titles.

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Click to see large picture Western Electric Bell System
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   HEADSETS
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Neat and stylish Western Electric 'Bell System' cameraman's headset rig. Used throughout USA television from the late 1940s. Our example, from ABC-TV, Hollywood.

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Click to see large picture Films & Equipments Pan Head
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

British-built pan & tilt head with spring tension. Designed originally for film work, used subsequently during the 1950s for tv cameras, especially on o.b.s. Larger image shows the pan head on a MOY tripod

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Click to see large picture Marconi AXBT
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

This is the 'classic shape' iconic BBC ribbon microphone of the 1930s/50s. Chris Owen, senior BBC sound engineer elaborates: 'In May 1931 RCA demonstrated their ribbon mic in Hollywood and it came to the BBC's notice. Unfortunately the price, including the head amplifier, was 130UKP which in today's terms is around 5200UKP. As this was not affordable, the BBC set about designing its own version, which was introduced in 1934-1935 as the Type A microphone. There was some concern about the possibility of patent infringement but eventually it was decided that the BBC had a valid patent. The mic was manufactured for the BBC by Marconi for 9UKP each, about 360UKP today. The original aluminium ribbon had objectionable resonances and was replaced with very thin aluminium foil and the modified mic was called Type AX. Another problem was found when the mic was used near an electromagnetic field; this was solved by arranging the internal wiring of the mic so that induced noise currents cancelled out and thus the Type AXB was born in 1943. The final modification was to use Ticonal magnets in place of the original cobalt steel magnets. This gave 6dB increased sensitivity and the letter T was added to the code number. Weighing in at just under 9 lbs, the type AXBT appeared circa 1944. The microphone pictured is an original item and has an original BBC table stand. Larger picture shows the microphone and an original BBC studio floor stand. Hire possible under strict conditions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Click to see large picture Gaumont British S516
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Film projectors
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A classic 1940s projector design that was used by all three British armed services during World War II and post war. This particular example belonged to the Air Ministry. In excellent working order, running off a modern 110V transformer. Very quiet operation. Matching period screens available. Click on the picture for a closer view.

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Click to see large picture GENERIC Screens
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the end of 1960's
Type:   Film projectors
Quantity:   2 specimens available

'Screen in a box' - the screen pulls up and locks into place. About 4' diagonal.

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Click to see large picture Bell & Howell 601
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the end of 1960's
Type:   Film projectors
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Well-known 16mm sound projector used by armed services, schools, colleges, industry and well-heeled amateurs. Good operational working order. Supplied with spare lamps and instructions plus a matching large speaker cabinet if required.

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Click to see large picture DEBRIE Pan head
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Classic French Debrie pan and tilt head, developed for the film industry but used in the 1950s by European and British tv companies. Balanced via three springs to dampen the tilt.

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Click to see large picture golden age film reels and cans
Period:   from the full 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   FILM EDITING
Quantity:   20 specimens available

Various film cans and reels. 35mm and 16mm

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Click to see large picture Watson and Sons Ltd. 5:1 Zoom Lens
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the end of 1950's
Type:   Lenses
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A very early zoom lens designed initially for film camera work but adapted for television applications in the early 1950s. Such lenses played a vital role in the television coverage of the Coronation of 1953. Our example is in Marconi house colour of the period and can be used with a custom-made adaptor tray with a Marconi MkII 3" Image Orthicon camera.

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Click to see large picture KODAK SPECIAL II
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The KODAK CINE SPECIAL is a cassette-load sophisticated clockwork 16mm cine camera with a two lens offset turret. This camera, originating in the 1930s, was popular with wild life photographers. The early editions of David Attenborough's wild life tv series was filmed using a Kodak Special. The camera had five filming speeds, a variable shutter and a single frame facility. Backwind for other effects.

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Click to see large picture KEYSTONE A7
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Amateur video/film
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Clockwork 16mm camera 100ft spools. 1930s US design

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Click to see large picture Bolex H16
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Vintage 1948 Bolex H16 16mm camera. Non reflex. Critical focus finder on the top. Camera takes double sprocket film. Motor works.

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Click to see large picture MOLE-RICHARDSON Type 21 Broad
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Lighting
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A type 21 Mole Single Broad soft light. Used in film and tv, mainly on small interview sets or in presentation studios. Our example was used lattery at BBC TV Centre in the engineering dept.

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Click to see large picture Golden Age TV BELLOWS
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   PHOTOGRAPHY
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A nice clean plate BEllOWS camera on a dedicated tripod. Suitable for use recreating photography in the first half of the 20th Century

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Click to see large picture KODAK SPECIAL
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The original KODAK SPECIAL model was designed in 1933. This clockwork, 100ft cassette-loading 16mm camera was sophisticated for its time. Five filming speeds, a variable shutter and critical focusing, back wind and single frame. These cameras had two in-line lenses on the twist turret. Viewfinding was by flip-up optics on the lens unit. These cameras were favourites for wild life and industrial photography. Our example has two focussing Kodak Anastigmat lenses- 15mm and 25mm.

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Click to see large picture RCA 77D MI 4045-B
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Classic and iconic ribbon 'pill' microphone from the USA. This is the RCA 77D circa 1945-although the basic design is mid-1930s. Still in working condition. Hire possible under strict conditions. Larger image shows mic dressed with a reproduction 'NBC' flag

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Click to see large picture Ernest Moy Ltd TRIPOD
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   2 specimens available

A restored MOY wooden heavy duty camera tripod. This tripod has been re-painted in typical 'Technicolor' blue livery as this tripod was used originally by the Technicolor company in the UK. The tripod is marked 'Technicolor Ltd No.19'

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Click to see large picture MELODIUM Melodynamic 75A
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Quality dynamic French microphone which appeared first in 1948. Used mainly by broadcasters and film production in Europe.

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Click to see large picture Bell & Howell FILMO 57
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Film projectors
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An early 1930s/1940s example of a Bell & Howell 'Filmo' 16mm 'silent' amateur projector. USA design.

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Click to see large picture Motorola Motorola
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Domestic televisions
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Small screen table top USA tv set. Non prac but typical American design

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Click to see large picture Arriflex II
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1980's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An Arriflex II 35mm camera from 1948. This model has a customised matte box/ray shield plus a side-mounted Arri motor. This camera was used for low budget UK theatrical features.

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Click to see large picture MITCHELL FILM BLIMP
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1980's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Reproduction 'Mitchell' sound camera blimp. Suitable for stage or background action. Lightweight.

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Click to see large picture Western Electric WE618a
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An original microphone from the 1930s with it's unique lever-operated (but clumsy) cable connector. The Western Electric No. 618A is an important historical mic. It was the world’s first dynamic (moving coil) mic (developed by Bell Labs) and introduced in 1931. It quickly became a favorite of US broadcasters as an all-purpose studio mic. It was used also as a 1930s newsreel mic and notably by Franklyn D. Roosevelt for his US radio ‘fireside chats’.

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Click to see large picture STC 4017
Period:   from the full 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

An STC 4017C dynamic microphone with an exact repro BBC base and badge. This type of microphone was used extensively by the BBC in studios and on outside broadcasts until about 1953. The mic type was first introduced in 1938 by STC and the BBC. The design originated from the Western Electric type 618A (circa 1931) which used a 'dynamic' moving coil as the transducer. Notes: The mics overall performance was excellent, with coil resonances damped by acoustic filtering which was incorporated in the mechanical construction. Chris Owen)Larger image shows the rear aspect

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Click to see large picture RCA TK10A
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Broadcast TV cameras
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Introduced in September 1947 the RCA TK 10A was the studio version of the RCA TK 30A 'field' camera. The TK 10A used a 3"inch image orthicon monochome tube and had a turret of four, usually Kodak Ektar lenses. The larger image shows the TK10A with an 'implant' viewfinder on set. This camera is the only example of it's type in the UK

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Click to see large picture STC 4017
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   4 specimens available

Another STC 4017C dynamic microphone on an original BBC circular base. This mic was used extensively by the BBC in studios and on outside broadcasts until about 1953. The mic type was first introduced in 1938 by STC and the BBC. The design originated from the Western Electric type 618A (circa 1931) which used a 'dynamic' moving coil as the transducer. Notes: The mics overall performance was excellent, with coil resonances damped by acoustic filtering which was incorporated in the mechanical construction. Chris Owen)Larger image shows the rear aspect

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Click to see large picture MITCHELL STANDARD
Period:   from the full 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An original and rare (most standard Mitchells were converted to animation or used as the mechanism for re-engineered Panavision cameras) this 35mm STANDARD MITCHELL (no. 146)was purchased originally by RCA Photophone at the end of 1928. This camera was used at Hollywood's RKO studios during the 'Golden Era' of the 1930s and 1940s. The camera can be hand-cranked to recreate 'silent movies' and fitted also with a 'Peanut' 24V DC motor and a 1000ft magazine for 'sound' shooting. Turret set of original Baltar lenses. Hire of this unique camera possible, but under very strict conditions.

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Click to see large picture ENSIGN Autokinecam 6
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Amateur video/film
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A basic early 1930s 16mm clockwork movie camera. The Ensign AutoKinecam six. exposed a 100ft of film through a Taylor Hobson 1 inch f/3.5 lens. Larger image shows the camera on a Films & Equipments tripod

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Click to see large picture STC 4033A
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

Large ribbon/cardioid microphone, used by BBC radio & television and on tv studio microphone booms. This example is mounted on a desk/hanging cradle.Notes: The 4033A was produced as a direct result of the needs of the 'talkies', which required a microphone that could eliminate unwanted sound from the camera and other noises off. It contains two elements, a ribbon and a moving coil (similar to a 4021 minus the biscuit). The microphone incorporated a screwdriver-operated switch that allowed either or both elements to be routed to the output. The switch was marked P. R. C. P - (Pressure) - omni directional - moving coil only. R - (Ribbon) - bi-directional (figure of 8) - ribbon only. C - (Cardioid) - uni-directional - combining both elements. The 4033A was somewhat of a compromise as it tended to be "toppy" in all three positions. Nevertheless, it was the standard TV Boom microphone for many years and was also used on Radio OBs where its cardioid response was useful for rejecting colouration from PA. (Chris Owen-Senior BBC sound engineer)

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Click to see large picture Bell & Howell 2709
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1970's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A full-sized Bell & Howell 35mm movie camera of the 1930s/1950s with a 1000ft magazine. In fact, the entire camera, based on the ubiquitous Bell & Howell 2709 model is an exact and skillful reproduction, made of wood. This (very lightweight)camera can take HD imaging without detection. Non-functioning.

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Click to see large picture golden age GALLERY/DESK MICS
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   6 specimens available

A selection of appropriate desk mics for tv or radio galleries (1940s/50s/60s)

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Click to see large picture Golden Age TV DAFFODIL MIC
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Two 'Daffodil' old style carbon granule microphones of unknown vintage. They would be suitable for recreating the 1920s in radio studios or public address of that era.

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Click to see large picture STC 4038
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Desirable iconic ribbon microphone from STC. This microphone is'fig' shaped and compact. Senior BBC sound engineer Chris Owen adds: The 4038 has internal hum neutralizing wiring coupled with magnetic shielding of the toroidal ribbon-to-microphone line transformer reducing response to stray magnetic fields by 30 to 40 dB. For many years, the 4038 was found in virtually all BBC studios. Indeed, many studios were equipped with no other type of mic.

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Click to see large picture PREMIER Splicer
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   FILM EDITING
Quantity:   5 specimens available

Several styles of film editing splicers 16mm and 35mm

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Click to see large picture PREMIER FILM CEMENT & Bottle
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1980's
Type:   FILM EDITING
Quantity:   2 specimens available

A small bottle and brush for splicing and editing 16mm and 35mm film. The smaller bottle contains fluid. The larger bottle is just showing off

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Click to see large picture Marconi L1 LIP MICROPHONE
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

L1 lip microphone, manufactured by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited for the BBC.A development of the Marconi ‘B Type’ microphone, the ‘L1’ microphones was designed for use at large events, such as during sports outside broadcasts, where the voice of the user needed to carry over crowd sounds and other background noise. The L1 was designed in 1937. A guard ring that the commentator held to their face ensured that the microphone sat at a consistent 2.25 inches from the user's mouth.

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Click to see large picture BBC TABLE RED CUE LIGHT
Period:   from the full 1940's to the beginning of 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A typical BBC studio red cue light from the 1940s/1980s. Generic design (just a light socket unit and a 15w bulb) Practical. (BBC ashtray extra dressing)

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