In the late 1940s-early 1950s,Martin Lucas Ltd.,Glebe Hills,Hollinwood,Lancs.England brought untold joy to youngsters with their clever optical toys. I first recall seeing Minicine Projectors in the display window of KODAK(Queen St.,Auckland).They were NOT being advertised as toys( to do so would have meant a vendor would incur some luxury tax that prevailed in the postwar period.)
So a proud banner declaring,"Hundreds of Feet of Film Replaced by 12 Inches",drew the attention of serious home moviemakers!!
What an amazing wee machine the Minicine was!It showed Stills and Movies!
The mechanism was hand-cranked and Minicine films went up and down as they traversed the projector's film-gate. Images,arranged vertically,depicted four stages of a particular movement,for instance,a character jumping a fence. Projected sequentially,they gave the illusion of movement.
A 6volt cycle lamp bulb,powered by batteries or a supplied transformer,provided ample illumination,rendering a very satisfactory projected picture.
A foot of film took nearly five minutes to pass through the machine.Many classic tales were converted to Minicine film-by notable artists and authors.Enid Blyton's efforts were great favourites with the kids!