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Object ID 003477

Object Name Revere 8mm Projector and Case

Object Desc Home movie projector in wooden case.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003113a-c

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Photography


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 9, Shelf 2

Object Date

Start Year Range 1949

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords projector,photography,movies,film,Revere,Revere Camera Company,

Title Home movie projector

Description Dark wooden box (a) with two locks that holds the home movie projector. Inside box is Revere Deluxe 8mm movie projector (b), model 85. Owners manual (found online copyright 1949. Projector was originally resting on top of folded Sunday comics from Minneapolis Morning Tribune, but due to severe deterioration of newspaper it had to be discarded. Comic in newspaper dated to Sunday, August 4, 1946, although this is three years before the date of the projector. Power cord (c) also included in box.


Approx Collection Date

Height 14

Length 11.25

Width 7.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Measurement of closed box

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Revere Camera Company

Maker Details The Revere Camera Company was started in 1920 by Mr. Samuel Briskin, who also started Wollensak Recorders and Opticals. Founded in 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as the Excel Radiator Company by Ukrainian immigrant Samuel Briskin to manufacture car radiators, but started manufacturing some coarse household products later in the decade. They started making budget 8 mm movie cameras in 1939 through a subsidiary run by Briskin's sons. That company was later merged into Excel Radiator Co. which then changed its name to Revere Camera Co. The Revere name is taken from the Revere Copper Company, which provided financial backing for Excel during the depression.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3113a-c



Date JUN 28,2015

Summary Fair

Assessor Rachel Niswander

Notes The bottom edges are very discolored. Handle is also discolored.

Date AUG 22,2015

Summary Fair

Assessor Kayla Sutherland

Notes Inside the box the projector is resting on newspaper that has gone moldy and rotted. Some has adhered to the bottom of the projector. The molding of the paper has caused some damage to the wooden bottom of the box. Some mold on the base of the projector. The paint is chipping off the projector in places. The newspaper was removed and placed in an archival bag to prevent further damage to the box and projector, projector was placed on archival tissue for padding and barrier from the mold damage.


Date JUN 28,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Garage Exhibit from Speakeasy Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 28,2015

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 28,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 9 from Garage Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date AUG 27,2015

Summary Discarded newspaper

Notes Originally included newspaper (part d) inside of case, which had severely deteriorated. Newspaper was removed and Accession number was changed to (a-c).

Date OCT 8,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 9, Shelf 2 from Room 9 - automatic entry by admin