Halinamat 300 slide projector
Empire Made [Hong Kong] 1962
It’s been a while, but here’s another slide projector. The count is now 9- I have nine slide projectors. I love the forms of these machines- the funky fonts on the front- and the fact that you can use them for slide nights. What’s not to love?
I also like that this Halinamat was made in the 60s- when ‘Empire Made’ referenced the British Empire and was code for Hong Kong. Along with its general funkiness, the projector has a bakelite side arm, on-off switch and electrical plug : it just gets better and better!
And the specs- this baby comes with an Anastigmat coated, f2.8/100mm lens, and is semi-automatic. Semi-automatic means you have to push the button on top to move to the next slide- full automation didn’t eventuate until the 70s.
I really, really, really don’t need nine slide projectors…this one is for sale: $AUD85
Fuji Birdie Type II projector
made in Japan, 1950s
I’ve collected a number of mini projectors – where the 35mm slide projector folds up or compacts into a tiny space for ease of transport – and surprise! – here’s another.
The Birdie projectors are as small as is possible: hence the name. It’s all metal construction though- so it’s not lightweight; even the cover is metal. The on-off switch and the plug are bakelite; and the switch presents as a marketing opportunity as it sports ‘Fuji Film’ in raised letters.
The projector shows some wear to the base- it’s had a good life showing holiday snaps by the thousands; but is in excellent working order and has been checked by an electrician.
Looking like a cross between a space ship and a mix master- this slide projector is the quintessential expression of 60s machine engineering.
Elmo- or the ‘Electricity Light Machine Organisation’ [a very futuristic name, especially when said in a robotic voice] was founded in 1921 and made its first projector in 1936. They are still in production today.
This slide projector is pristine- it comes in a plastic case and its original box, has a working bulb and has been tested and tagged. It has a bakelite switch and plug [adding considerably to its charm] – and a single feed slide changer. The body of the projector slides open to accept the slide changer- it’s quite simply beautifully engineered and made.
Display the projector as a funky 60s object- or use it to show slides of the moon landing- it’s for sale: $AUD125