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Here is a link to Victor Instructions

 

Here is a link provided by Mikael Barnard to a reproduction of a long piece from the SMPE Journal about

Alexander Victor and his involvement with both 28mm and 16mm. Seems to have been a guy of infinite

inventiveness. www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/msc/tomsc200/msc153/smpte.htm

 

The Victor Animatograph seems to be a fairly uncommon machine. US-designed, but manufactured in the UK as well. They seem to have taken it

all very seriously, with a car log book type of document for each projector, tho' how seriously any of it was taken is uncertain. In the later sections,

I have left out pages that were duplicated (see link above to Instructions). This projector seems to have been "Clocked" and given a false registration. This booklet was also one of the least satisfactory I have scanned - very hard to clean up, too much grey/silver which, for text, do not work well.

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The machine certainly has an eccentric layout. Film feeds from back reel to front (the two spool arms are identical), with film using the upper and

lower parts of a common sprocket, which is set back out of the line of the gate so that the film follows a very odd path. There is however, a

second, smaller sprocket directly after the sound drum, for pulling the film thru the sound section. It also has a complex set of trips that turn

off the machine if there is a fault.

You could also add mag sound.

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Later they made it look trendier, but it is still recognisably the same basic machine.

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Then they branched out.........

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Victor himself started out in 28mm. Here are a couple of shots of his main machine, the Victor, then some Ian Green found on eBay of a late attempt to produce a really cheap machine. This was known as the Victor Home Cinema; it still had an intermittent sprocket, tho'.

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