And now for something completely different - TMC Pocket Projector

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by JDMvW, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. TMC Pocket Projector

    In 1985 Herb Keppler discovered a really かわいい (Kawaii LINK Kawaii - Wikipedia) little "pocketable" projector:

    I rediscovered that article just the other day. I had searched before on eBay, but the prices were more than I would pay on what is now almost a "hog's hip pocket" projector. When I searched the other day, There was one in box of a slightly more basic model than Keppler's for BIN of only $8--even with postage, it was still less than a fancy pizza, which, as you old timers know, is my measure for much of the old crap I end up buying....

    I am a camera collector but I haven't bought a camera for a month [applause from fellow Camera Collectors Anonymous members]

    However, I did buy this little projector. :(

    This is not so monumental as a (new) Foton, but I figure that a couple of you, at least, might be interested in this oddity. So....

    First the strip tease, unveiling of the gem, Old in Box [OIB}:




    and the little gem, ready for use:


    My "Pocket Projector" is working, but I am waiting before using it until I have received the 100w, out-of-production projector bulb for it. Of course, the bulb was more expensive than the projector.

    Mine has the two individual slide slider, and a smaller device for ready-made film strips:

    in the strip holder


    the film strip itself:


    You can see that my outfit was used by somebody at LaSalle Extension in the interior decoration unit. The film itself was obviously not Kodachrome.

    de gustibus non disputandum est
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2017
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  2. That's It, giggle [Janis's "That's it]

    If anyone wants the manual (not much to it, really) I can send you a jpg or pdf copy.
  3. Tony Parsons

    Tony Parsons Norfolk and Good

    That is almost exactly like my first projector - IIRC, from Boots the Chemist, and labelled a waste of money by my then wife until she saw the slides projected onto the creamy/beige wall (a screen was a waste of money, too). In later years it earned its keep projecting home-made oil slides for the mobile disco with which I was involved.
  4. Great find, JDM. I recall seeing a film strip like the one in your picture, but at the time I had no clue as to what projector it would fit. Thanks for sharing.
  5. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

  6. Thanks for that link to the Soviet version. The similarity is surely no accident!
  7. I think I have one that size stashed away somewhere. IIRC it is marked Minolta.

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