Saturday, March 13, 2010

I'm not an old-timer ( at least not quite yet ), but the picture that Harold Deppe has posted is the base of a dual-system "Vitaphone" style film projector. The transcription discs would be placed on the turntable and be cued to an inscribed arrow while the film was cued to a start mark on the leader, and there was a sort of crude interlock between the two devices. The result was a rudimentary form of synchronized sound. Films like The Jazz Singer, The Cocoanuts and The Wedding March played in this system.

Mark Ogden
CBS N.Y.