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'aeroscope' portable kine camera with hand pump, 1912.

'aeroscope' portable kine camera with hand pump, 1912.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Patented in 1910 by the Polish engineer K Proszynski, the aeroscope was the first completely succesful hand-held cine camera. Powered by compresed air, it was used by newsreel cameramen and most of the leading film companies from 1912 until the advent of sound. A separate compartment could carry up to 400 feet (122 metres) of 35mm film.

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