Kinora motion picture viewer, circa 1903.

Kinora motion picture viewer, circa 1903.


Double lens model of a Kinora monochrome motion picture viewer.


Height: 34 cm.


Circa 1905

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Other, Magic Lanterns & Optical Toys


A very rare double lens model of a Kinora monochrome motion picture viewer, for use by two people, on pivoting cast iron base with Corinthian column, circa 1903.

With the Kinora disc badge to top, and interior of cover marked: B. M. & BIOGRAPH Co LTD – KINORA TRADEMARK – PATENT – LONDON

Underside of base marked with registration number: RD No: 386494 (date of registration 1902).

The Kinora was an early motion picture device, developed by the French inventors Auguste and Louis Lumière in 1895, and patented in February 1896. The British rights to the Kinora were bought by The British Mutoscope & Biograph Co. in 1898, but the machine was not marketed in the UK until 1902. 

Height: 34 cm.

For similar viewers see: 

FOMU Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium.

National Museums NI. Catalogue Number: BELUM.W2015.261

Literature: The Kinora: Motion Pictures for the Home, 1896-1914. by Barry Alan Anthony, 1996. Page: 36.


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