ITEM# 02062011-6
Description  USN WWII Naval Intelligence 35mm Microfilm Projector
Price $ 325.00


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Original USN WWII 35mm microfilm projector, totally complete, with case, in near-mint condition and completely functional. When you examine the projector, made of enameled sheet steel and stainless, with massive, heavy lenses, and housed in a hefty plywood-and-steel case, it's hard to imagine this rig being near the height of spy-tech in any era. But you can also envision a wardroom full of anxious naval officer's peering at a screen upon which are aerial reconaissance images of Japanese ships approaching Midway--photographs projected by this unit. The projector itself features typical 1940s no-nonsense styling, measures 4" x 9" x 9", and is finished in black crinkle paint. The black-on-white metal data plate at rear proclaims: "Federal / Microfilm Projector / US Navy Model No. 119 / Contract No. NXsd 29099 / Federal / Manufacturing & Engineering Corp. / Brooklyn, NY / 115 Volts / Made in USA / 150 Watts." Another enameled aluminum plate on the projector's side bears the manufacturer's name and a blank spot for a serial number (intriguing, that!). Operation is either brilliantly simple or astonishingly primitive, depending upon your age and point of view: a stainless steel bracket (removable for compact stowage) is equipped with two spindles upon which the microfilm reel and pickup reel are mounted. Hand cranks provide the action for both viewing and rewinding. And a bright, hot, internal lamp and a very expensive-looking "-55mm -F:4.5 Anastigmat Lens No. 1425" do the rest. A separate stainless bracket attachment permits viewing 35mm slides as well as film. In addition to these requisites, the multi-compartmented case contains--in typical GI fashion--spare bulbs, lenses, and other replacement parts. The case itself measures 8" x 11 1/2" x 12" with a hinged lid, trunk lid fasteners, pivoting carrying handle, and dark OD paint finish. Lid is stenciled in black: "US Navy / Microfilm / Projector." While some of us are accustomed to peering uncomfortably through the poorly-positioned lenses of giant microfilm readers whenever such viewing is necessary, this device--projecting its images upon a screen--is far more comfortable to use. I examined every one of the National Archives' microfilmed documents pertaining to the Wounded Knee fight--all 5,000 pages--using this projector, and it worked like a champ as I leaned back in my easy chair, sipped coffee, and took notes!