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16mm Portable Optical & Magnetic Sound Projector

From the Collection of Plutarch Project Caulfield Junction Victoria

Description
From January 1959 and until 1982, “Cosmopolitan Motion Pictures”, owned by Mr Peter Yannoudes (Παναγιώτης Γιαννούδης) and Mr Stathis Raftopoulos (Στάθης Ραφτόπουλος) travelled around Australia to entertain the Greek, Turkish, Indian and Yugoslav speaking population of Australia and provide a significant cinema culture. They travelled as far as Perth in WA, Adelaide in SA, Tasmania, Darwin in Nt, Canberra in ACT and Sydney and NSW. However they found themselves also in places like Berri and Renmark in NSW, where concentrations of migrants lived and thrived during the period.
Initially they were travelling by train, carrying all their equipment by hand and placing them in boxes and suitcases. However after 1962 when they acquired their first automobile, travelling became less of a burden, nevertheless cumbersome and laborious.
They carried with them initially two portable projectors (second one as a backup) and at times travelled with a third in order to ensure that technology will not be letting them down at the time of film projection. At times the films were projected onto a white sheet of cloth because there was no proper screen to project it on at the venue they were using.

One of the three projectors used in every trip was this 16mm Portable Projector, which was used taken to about 60 towns and cities around Australia, as Mr Yiannoudes states.
This projector is in working condition serviced by Mr Yiannoudes himself regularly. It is an optical and magnetic sound projector, a rare one of its type.

Apart from this projector these items were taken on each trip.
-a- 3 projectors in total
-b- 2 tripod stands
-c- 1 20 feet x 10 feet screen
-d- 6 projector lamps and 2 exider lamps for sound
-e- 2 extra lamps per film to be shown
-f- 1 film rewinder (see rewinder in same collection)
Size
L 560 x H 610 x D 222 mm
Object Registration
YF0106
Keywords
projector, film, magnetic, sound, optical, language, greek, siemens, german, γιαννούδης, προβολέας, yiannoudes, plutarch
Historical information
One of the three projectors used in every trip was this 16mm Portable Projector, which was used taken to about 60 towns and cities around Australia, as Mr Yiannoudes states. This projector is in working condition serviced by Mr Yiannoudes himself regularly. It is an optical and magnetic sound projector, a rare one of its type.
When Made
circa 1950's
Made By
Siemens (Maker)
Significance
Primary historic significance as well as rarity significance
Inscriptions & Markings
Siemens
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:11AM