Subject Operates New Camera (Jan, 1932)

Subject Operates New Camera
A NEW camera, designed by Luther J. Simjian, of Yale University, permits photo gallery customers to pose to their heart’s content for the picture and then operate the camera when ready. A mirror close to the lens shows what the picture will look like and extension bulb clicks shutter.


If this had been in Mechanix Illustrated they definitely would have made a joke usingthe two meanings of the word hide. Popular Science is so stuffy!

Stretched over wires and padding, a cow’s skin is now part of the photographic equipment of the California State Fish and Game Commission. The lens of a camera is poked through a hole in the skin, and pictures of wild animals, otherwise unobtainable, are taken.

cigarette-case camera (Feb, 1947)

cigarette-case camera

by Max Spitalny

YOU’VE said a hundred times, “Oh if I only had a camera with me!” Raymond La Rose, veteran Hollywood cameraman and incurable inventor, said it too. He said it often. He said it so often he got tired of saying it: he got busy. He ended by turning out a snapshot camera hardly larger than a cigarette case—so small one can carry it ready but unnoticed in the pocket at all times, and so well designed that it takes excellent pictures.

Periscope House (May, 1947)

This is pretty awesome. Anyone know if it’s still around?

Periscope House

YOU walk across the green-lawned, palm-hemmed park overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California, and climb the stairs to the little house in the picture above. Your party gathers around a circular rail in the center, the door is closed and at first all is darkness.

Then, slowly and as if by magic, the scene you left outdoors a few minutes before appears on the revolvable table in front of you. Colors are perfectly natural. Strollers in the park move about, quite oblivious to their observers.

She Shoots Babies! (Oct, 1947)

She Shoots Babies!

CONSTANCE BANNISTER is famous for her pictures of babies. You’ve seen them often in the magazine ads.

Now, if you’ve ever attempted to take a photograph of a baby, you know how difficult it is to get cooperation from the darling little diapered despot. Babies have wills of their own and it’s an art to get them in the mood.

Hidden Flaws Bared by High Speed Movies (Dec, 1938)

Making a high-speed movie has gotten a lot easier and cheaper in the digital age. There are some really cool ones on You Tube.

Hidden Flaws Bared by High Speed Movies

THE “movie doctor” is not human. It is a machine that in its own line can do more than any human being. It specializes in diagnoses, because with its keen, rapid-seeing eye, it can peer at machines, watch the way they work, and point out just what is the matter with them.

This movie doctor is an exceedingly high-speed motion-picture camera, now used in conjunction with a precision clock. It is really a sort of time microscope. In it is used the ordinary sixteen-millimeter moving-picture film, which takes pictures of the object under examination and at the same time records the time of each frame. While the ordinary motion-picture camera is designed to run at a rate of around sixteen pictures per second, this high-speed camera


Ah, life before the Xerox machine.


Copies are speedily made of correspondence and other business records with the aid of a new photographic duplicating machine. Through its use, a letter may be photographed directly upon a sheet of specially sensitized paper, requiring an exposure of only a fraction of a second, and developed at once in a portable darkroom. The instrument is especially designed for libraries, banks, insurance companies, and others requiring frequent duplication of card records and correspondence.

Stereoscopic Film Viewer Shows Scenes in Color (Jun, 1940)

Stereoscopic Film Viewer Shows Scenes in Color

Three-dimensional views in color are provided by the novel stereoscopic instrument pictured in use at the right. Color films are mounted in disks that are placed within the apparatus, which is provided with a small lever at the top for moving successive frames into place before the dual eyepieces. Each disk contains a different set of film pictures. Small pieces of ground glass behind the film insure an even light on the scene viewed.

Camera On Policeman’s Revolver Snaps Evidence (Feb, 1938)

Camera On Policeman’s Revolver Snaps Evidence

ATTACHED to the barrel of a service revolver, a compact motion picture camera enables a policeman to take action pictures of any person at whom the revolver is aimed. The pictures thus obtained can be presented as evidence at court.

The motion picture camera is triangular in shape and is attached under the barrel of the revolver by means of metal clamps. The lens is directly in line with, and under, the revolver muzzle. The camera is set in action by a slight pressure on the revolver trigger, independent of the firing of the weapon. Due to the compact size of the gun camera device, only a small roll of film can be accommodated at one loading.

Cameraman Strapped to Plane Wing to Take Air Pictures (Nov, 1932)

Cameraman Strapped to Plane Wing to Take Air Pictures

EVER wonder how some of those remarkable pictures you see on the talkie screens are produced—the kind, for instance, in which you seem to be falling from a mile in the air right down into the heart of New York City?

The series of photographs at the right will give you an idea of how it’s done.