MOAH has just opened a new show traversing The Evolution of Film using about 40 cameras and projectors, from the amateur to professional. Part of the current exhibit highlights early sound film technology (the Visionola from 1931) intended for the home in nice wooden cabinets (it needed to be furniture-like). Technically significant because the sound was provided on a flat record synchronized with the 16mm movie.
Another showstopper is the Scopitone – a video jukebox from the early ‘60s with bad kitsch content - some with a bit of exposed flesh. But stay focused on the technology.
Also included are a handful of sound film cameras from my own collection. This includes my own Auricon camera and magnetic sound amplifier used for news recording by NBC News at 30 Rock.
The show is at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer downtown Palo Alto, is open to the public Friday through Sunday, 11-4pm, until February 26, 2017.