This week it finally arrived. After a month of casually browsing online I finally found a vintage 16mm projector that was both stunning to look at and in perfect working condition. I purchased this 1952 Revere Model 48 silent film projector for $150. Almost half of that was shipping costs, but even still, given its condition I have to say it was a steal at that price.
You might be thinking that that's a lot to pay for a decoration, but that actually wasn't the motivation behind the purchase. I have a box of 16mm projects that I shot in film school that I haven't seen since they were made. Among these are a couple of animation shorts and a silent film that I shot with my friend Dave - the first thing either of us ever shot on film. For the sake of preservation and my own nostalgia, I wanted to buy a projector so that I could record the footage and make digital copies of some of my early work. I figured if I was going to the trouble anyway, I might as well buy one that would be pretty to look at afterwards.
The Revere projector also shipped with a spare lamp and an original 16mm WWII reel of an American army base and Japanese cities. The film wasn't in great shape, but I was able to watch it along with a few of my own projects and it was a kick to say the least. The sound of the projector, the process of how to load it properly, and the flicker of my film school history projected across the room was a pretty amazing memory to rediscover.
I can't wait to share some of these shorts in the near future, but in the meantime have a look at this cool piece of history that I've added to my collection.