The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Archaeology of Cinema #1

(Herman Casler; 1896)

A hand-cranked viewer for exhibiting a reel of photographs printed from a motion picture film.


mwl said...

Wow. I have never seen such a device before. Stunning machine.

you guys are great.


Professor Batty said...

...up until the late 80's the Minnesota State Fair Arcade had about 20 of these, with several in working order. When I was a child in the fifties I enjoyed putting my pennies in them to watch such tittilating fare as "The Tryst". More on these are found in Billy Bitzer's biography...

Rob said...

Yup, the AZ State Fair had 'em when I was kid, and I was fascinated by the sound as it ran. The pictures were in poor shape tho, I wish they had made more than 2 or 3 at time available.