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Cummings & Wilson Manual Recovered

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Cummings & Wilson Manual Recovered

                    Australian Biograph Designed ,Patented & Manufactured by CUMMINGS & WILSON WORKS & SHOWROOMS, 29 ALBERTA ST. SYDNEY PROJECTORS OWNERS WORKSHOP MANUAL An insight into owning, restoring, servicing and running Cummings & Wilson Film Projectors A projector’s reputation, like a mans character is built, not conferred A mans character is what he makes it Similarly a projector’s reputation must be earned James Cummings            ...

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Assembling Cumming & Wilson Projectors E and D

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Assembling Cumming  & Wilson Projectors E and D

  Assembling Cumming & Wilson Model E No. 502 and Model D No. 328 Richard Ashton                           The next pictures show the assembly of both these machines but in essence they are both the same construction, showing only minor differences, those being of course that the model E had a rear shutter when it was made. And the model D was retrofitted to a rear shutter operation. The first set of pictures shows the cleaning up of various elements of the shutter...

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Cummings & Wilson Model E

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Cummings &  Wilson Model E

The Cummings & Wilson Model E. This article covers photographs of models and assembly of the Model E. Taken from The C & W Manual written up by Richard Ashton. Other articles on the C & W projectors are also written up in detail.                         This advertisement of November 26 1931 shows that conversion of model D’s and earlier models could be made for £18:10                     C&W Model E Rear Shutter...

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C&W Senior Model EH Film Gate and Model E H

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C&W Senior Model EH Film Gate and Model E H

  C & W Seniors started in 1922 as model A, then came the B. there is no C, the next in 1927-28 as the D. Then came the E  with a rear shutter . One could send the Model D back to the factory and had it up graded to an E specification. Because the Seniors were such a good machine showmen sent them back to the factory  for upgrades. They became known as EH. They had new type film gates and were made suitable for big CinemaScope lenses of the 1950’s.                      ...

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C&W Western Electric Floppy Drives

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C&W Western Electric Floppy Drives

They were made so that any of the new sound reproducers like Western Electric systems for the “Talkies” could use theaters insisting on C&W projectors such as the Jazz Singer and others sound on disc and films. The floppy drives are made by C&W and installed in their machines                                                                        ...

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C&W P5 Junior Projector

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C&W P5 Junior Projector

The portable was a brand new projector in 1932. It satisfied all the smaller theaters all over the country. They were less in price and affordable for a touring showman. Country halls, hospitals and even on board cruise ships such as  the  P&O ships that sailed the Pacific. Calling it a portable was a bit of a misnomer they came in two heavy boxes which contained speaker and amplifiers. The Jones family of Busselton had a normal theater but a big circuit of portable shows, Bridgetown, Ballingup, Margret River etc. The sons of the family...

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The C&W Raycophone Portable P 5

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The C&W Raycophone Portable P 5

C&W “Junior” fitted Raycophone portable projectors with the new C&W P5 projector head

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C&W P6

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C&W P6

 The P6 was introduced 1937                         Stand alone projector heads and mechanism only for the Raycophone J3 models                         The J3 projector is fitted with a Cummings & Wilson P6 projector head No. 603.                                                      ...

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Cummings and Wilson Projectors

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Cummings and Wilson Projectors

Written by Richard Ashton Part one The first Cummings and Wilson projectors were first made just after the First World War. A company partnership was formed to manufacture cinema projectors under the heading Australian Biograph designed and manufactured by Cummings and Wilson. The company was headed by James Cummings and Harold Wilson who together designed and manufactured their machines at 29 Alberta Street Sydney. C&W Model D 35mm motion picture projector. Note the front shutter and rear framing handle of this early model. See also the...

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Raycophone Sound Head

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Ian Stimson says a sound head which has been sitting under one of my Australia projectors may be a very early experimental Raycophone Model.  Read full Raycophone Sound Head article  

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Down The 8-Track

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Down The 8-Track

AMMPT Meeting Wed 15-10-2014 DOWN THE 8-TRACK History aspects by Richard Rennie. Technology aspects by Tony Smith  Richard Rennie once again demonstrated rare items from his vast range of audio-visual collectables….this time being all the wacky devices that led up to the audio cartridge tape players.  Order of presentation…. What is a cartridge? 1950s Talking Book used by the blind 1950-1962 Tefifon Cartridge 1952 The Echo-Matic – 1 track magnetic tape cartridge 1954 The Fidelipac – 2 track cartridge used by radio stations...

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The Seventeen Point Five Millimetre Film Format

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The Seventeen Point Five Millimetre Film Format

This talk was given at the AMMPT meeting on Wednesday 17th August, 2011 by Ian Stimson. This was a presentation on the the history of almost forgotten film gauges, of which 17.5 mm was one. As I started out to research this subject I had not realised how long this film format had been in use. It started in 1890’s and used until recent times. 17.5 mm Formats Birtac (17.5 mm) Format In 1898 Birt Acres an English cameraman and inventor commenced slitting 35 mm film in half for his Birtac camera projector. Nitrate film of course, non...

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The Distant Lens & Age of Invention

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The Distant Lens & Age of Invention

The film ‘The Distant Lens’ is a Western Australian film treasure that includes early motion pictures of the State from about 1905 to 1950. ‘The Distant Lens’ is narrated by Alan Cassell with additional commentary by prominent members of Perth’s acting community. Directed by Glenda Hambly and produced by Paul Barron and Owen Patterson, the 50 minute black and white documentary was made by the Perth Institute of Film and Television (PIFT) which is now the Film and Television Institute of Western Australia (FTI)....

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Animation Devices

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Animation Devices

Thaumatrope The Thaumatrope was the first of many optical toys, popular in Victorian times, which provided animated entertainment until the development of modern cinema. Phenakistoscope The Phenakistoscope was an early animation device that used the persistence of vision principle to create an illusion of motion. It was the predecessor to the zoetrope. Zoetrope The modern zoetrope was invented in 1834 by British mathematician William George Horner. The earliest projected moving images were displayed by using a magic lantern Zoetrope...

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Cumming and Wilson Projectors  Part Two

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This is the second part of Richard Ashtons series on the Cumming and Wilson projectors and appeared in the March 2011 newsletter

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35mm Film Footage Counters

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35mm Film Footage Counters Story by Alan Osborne.

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Simplex Projectors

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Considered “The Work Horse of the Industry”, Simplex Projectors is the oldest and most trusted name in film projection system, dating back to 1909.

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The Early Days of Ampex Corporation

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Ampex Corporation was founded in 1944, primarily to manufacture small motors and generators for military applications –  read more

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