Motion picture camera, J.M. Wall 35mm Model 7 Motorized Sound-on-Film Camera, 1931
The camera has a side viewfinder and a 400' magazine. The camera is displayed on an NBC/Akeley Gyro tripod The camera comes with four lenses: a Bausch & Lomb 30 mm f2.3 with the serial number 3247168; a lens with the serial number 3234868; a Taylor-Hobson Cooke 3" f2.5 with the serial number 189623; and a Taylor-Hobson Cooke 40mm f2 with the serial number 174307.
This single-system sound camera was designed to record the track directly on the original camera negative during photography, eliminating the need for a separate piece of sound recording apparatus. Cumbersome and not very maneuverable, it was used for newsreel photography of static events, such as press conferences and congressional hearings, and was a favorite of early television news crews.
Artist(s) / maker(s)
J.M. Wall Machine co.
Gift of the Klein Family in memory of David Klein
On view in Behind the Screen
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