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Round Top Mutoscope

Beautifully restored Mutoscope moving pictures machine.

Fully operational with lock and key

Comes with a brand new reel assuring you of quality viewing

FIRM Price: $5500 plus shipping

For more information or to order, send an email to: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
or call 202-338-1342 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast time).


Restored - $5500

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Restored Clamshell Mutoscope

The cast iron clamshell is so named because of the clamshell design on both sides of the mutoscope.

Beautifully restored Mutoscope "Clamshell" moving pictures machine.

Fully operational with lock and key

Price: $14,500 plus shipping

For more information or to order, send an email to: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
or call 202-338-1342 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast time).


Restored - $14,500

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Clamshell Mutoscope

The cast iron clamshell is so named because of the clamshell design on both sides of the mutoscope.

Beautifully restored Mutoscope "Clamshell" moving pictures machine. This machine has been meticulously disassembled, restored and hand painted with beautiful vibrant colors.

This machine is part of a private static collection and has not been operated in many years.

The mechanism will require tweaking to make it perfectly functional again. It is assumed that it's failure to function flawlessly is the result of lack of use as it was functioning perfectly when it was added to the collection and has not been operated since

Price: $8950 plus shipping

For more information or to order, send an email to: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
or call 202-338-1342 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast time).


Restored - $8950

Restored - $8950

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Ultra Rare
Indian Clamshell Mutoscope

The Indian Clamshell Mutoscope is the rarest of all mutoscopes and highly sought after by advanced collectors. Very seldom is one available for sale. This one is beautifully restored.

The marque and reel is a new Charlie Chaplin reel entitled The Back Room Brawl. See Close Up of Marque

Price: $28,500 plus shipping. Sale: $26,500 plus shipping

For more information or to order, send an email to: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
or call 202-338-1342 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast time).


Restored
Sale - $26,500

Restored
Sale - $26,500

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History of the Mutoscope

The mutoscope is a coin operated, hand cranked, animated picture machine. When you insert a penny and turn the crank, a small bulb lights up and a reel of still photos fall one by one in front of the viewer into which you look.

Approximately 850 still photos with blank cards in between them are on the mutoscope reel. They are printed from about fifty feet of regular movie film.

Introduced in 1895, the mutoscope was one of the most popular and profitable machines in the penny arcade. Its popularity was so great that in just one location in New York City in 1903, the arcade owner took in over $100,000. Marcus Loew, the theater chain magnate, apparently made his fortune in setting up mutoscopes and penny arcades. Unlike most other kinds of amusement devices, the mutoscope was popular well into the 1950's.

The feature that makes the mutoscope so popular is the viewer's ability to control the speed of the showing and even stop it for a few seconds to get a closer look. It also fulfills the deep-rooted desire that we all have to "peek" through and see something we maybe shouldn't see.

The most popular reels were the "Girly Shows," especially those with alluring titles that virtually always promised more than they delivered. Wouldn't you be enticed by such titles as: French Dressing, X-Ray Gown, Ladies Night in a Turkish Bath. Although there was no censorship board for mutoscope reels like there were for movies, the International Mutoscope Company made sure that the morality squads, which were in vogue in those days, would not attack the appropriateness of this type of entertainment.

The comic reels were the next most popular subjects. Here again the titles were enticing: "He Broke Her Heart, She Broke His Neck;" "The Great Spaghetti Eating Contest;" "Rival Piano Wreckers." Other popular subjects included westerns and sport subjects.

The early mutoscopes were large cast iron cases that had the appearance of a clamshell and were referred to as "Clamshell Mutoscopes." Later models were sleeker and more modern in design.

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