The Durant Weekly News
May 29, 1914
Baldwin Has Movie Camera
Will Complete Pictures of Durant and Bryan County
To be Shown Along With Other Oklahoma
Exhibits at Panama Exposition
Tuesday morning Mr. T. L. Baldwin of the Wide-A-Wake Studio received an Ernemann Motion Picture camera with its various attachments and now has it completely assembled, ready for any sort of work. The camera was made in Dresden, Germany, and is one of the finest instruments known to the profession and cost as much as a good automobile. It will be remembered that during the fair last fall representatives of the Panama Exposition commission attempted to make many hundreds of feet of film of Durant, but the weather conditions were so bad that much of the film was ruined. However, the pictures of the fair and many other subjects were passably good, but the film was never shown. The better part of the pictures that were good have been preserved and the work will be continued by Mr. Baldwin with W. S. Sterrett as director.
In addition to work contemplated in Durant, many scenes will be made in the other towns of the county, as well as farm scenes, portraits of well-known people, and whatever appears of interest. Several weeks will be required to finish the reels, after which they will be assembled with the reel made last fall and exhibited in Durant as well as in every town in the county, large and small. Then the film will be handed to the Panama Exposition commission to be shown as that body wishes.
The Caddo Herald
September 25, 1914
T.L. Baldwin was here from Durant yesterday with the reel pictures that he had made of the Caddo Corn Carnival showing it to a few people and making arrangements for its exhibition in Caddo.
By arrangement with Mrs. G. Goodman, the Carnival moving pictures will be shown Thursday and Friday nights next at the Electric Theatre in Caddo. The Carnival reel will be shown in addition to the regular show and an additional entrance fee will be charged. This reel shows the mains acts of the Carnival as they occurred- the parade, the riding, exhibits, the queen, the ball, the grounds, and many points of interest in town, including business houses, residences, and mills.
The reel is a good one showing people and scenes that you are familiar with. Don’t fail to see Doug Williams and H. T. Styron in the pictures. It is a good advertisement for Caddo.
The Ernemann Camera
Reviewed by Hugh Hoffman (The Motion Picture World, Vol. 19, issues 1-7, 1914)
Before the Ernemann Company, of Germany, opened its first American branch office at 114 Fifth Avenue, New York, the Ernemann motion picture camera was well and favorably known among expert cameramen. This camera has been comparatively scarce on this side of the water for the reason that London was the nearest known selling point, but, in proportion to other European makes, the Ernemann is well represented on the firing line here in America.
With the advent of the new Ernemann branch office there are introduced some improvements in the camera which make it a far better instrument than it was a few years ago. The latest pattern of the Ernemann professional camera is known as the "Model B." It is assembled in a substantial, heavily-built teakwood case, and weighs, without the tripod, about 16 pounds. As is customary, the box is divided into independent compartments, but this case has one more compartment than is usual with the general run of cameras. On the crank side and below the customary compartment of the take-up mechanism is a space about 2x3 inches, extending from front to back, which is used as a finder, having a lens in front, a ground glass a few inches back, and an opening in the back for the operator to look through while grinding. All this is in addition to the regular focusing tube through the center of the case to the motion picture lens.
The intermittent movement is located in the front compartment, just under the lens. This is a very good arrangement since it allows the operator to get at his mechanism and adjust it without exposing the film. The intermittent movement is an excellent combination of friction and pin movement in alternate action. The downward pull is not obtained by eccentric rotation and claw, but by a sidewise arm and pivot action timed by a cam. The finger feed consists of two pins at the top corners of a rectangular frame. The bottom of the frame is on a hinge and the tendency is for it to pull away from the film tracks by spring arrangement. In feeding, this frame is pushed forward tightly, and the pins engage with the sprocket holes. The next movement is the downward pull with the friction shoes released. Next the friction shoes bind the film during exposure, while the pin frame releases, drops back and raises into position for the next pull.
The camera holds two magazines having a capacity of 400 feet each. The double sprocket system is used in feeding the film from one magazine to the other. There are no belts in this camera. The feed and take-up are operated by spur and bevel gears. Besides this, there is a very excellent signal if the take-up is not working. This signal consists of two small auxiliary cranks, one for each magazine, on the crank side. As the camera operates, these small cranks revolve, showing that the film is traveling all right. If one of them should stop it is a signal that the film is buckling, in which emergency the operator may turn the small crank by hand and thus get out of the difficulty.
The "Model B" is equipped with a measuring dial on the metric system. Two speeds may be had by inserting the main crank into one or the other of two slots provided for the purpose. One slot is for the regular standard speed and the other is for slow speed. The film may be run forward or backward by merely reversing the crank, no other adjustments being necessary. The "Model B" head sells for $300. The tripods are of two sizes; the two-fall ladder tripod with tilting and panoramic head sells for $72, and the three-fall ladder tripod with panorama and tilt sells for $90.
The "Model A" is a smaller camera designed for microscopic and stop-motion and work. Its capacity is 200 feet of film. The take-up action is by means of spring belts and the single sprocket system is used inside. The finder is on the side on the bevel plan. Aside from these points, it is the same in general appearance and finish as "Model B." It sells for $135. Tripod with full movement, $60.
The Ernemann Company expects, by the coming spring, to have ready for the market a camera for amateur use and for use by exhibitors in taking local events.