MILLS PANORAM SOUNDIES Projector for Jukebox, Made by RCA MI-1340A, Many Accessories, "Brand New" NOS NIB Parts & Original Service Manual
This projector is the heart of the very rare and famous MILLS PANORAM SOUNDIES made by RCA in 1939.
This particular projector has an interesting story:
The owner removed it from the original console furniture in order to use it as a regular cinema projector. Among the parts that he might have discarded is the original lens.
In its place, I am including another lens that came with the item, but it doesn't fit too well,
Unfortunately the furniture and amplifier have been disposed of! (Would you beleive?)
As you may already know, a Mills panoram Jukebox typically will fetch between & 12,000.00 and $20,000.00 restored, as witnessed by this 2003 Christies auction results; Please click: http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=4093210
In 1939, this projector sold for $550.00, about 80% of the price of the JukeBox itself!! (see, from the manual, the parts price list below)
However, this projector needs to be taken apart and inspected before operating it. Of course, I do not have the continuous loop film and original wooden chimney pulley needed to test it.
IT IS BEING SOLD AS IS
Two heavy mounting plates (one shown below) will be included only at you request upon payment of an extra $4.00 for shipping
The projector is in good shape, as seen in the actual detailed photographs; it show no sign of abuse. There were a few scratches that we have touched up.
You get these accessories:
One new boxed 750w projection lamp
One new boxed #46779 RCA gear
One spare lens not original?
Three empty reels
One new picture gate part 28824
Two service manuals copy (see below)
Some History behind the Mills panoram "juke Box"
The business was started by Mortimer Birdsul Mills, who was born in 1845 in Ontario Canada. Eventually, he emigrated to Chicago and became an American citzen. Mills had 13 children and lived in Oak Park Illinois, just outside the city. This was a family business and many of his children came to play key roles in the company.
Mortimer Mills was granted United States patent 450,336 on 14 April 1891 for an improvement in "coin-actuated vending apparatus". The improvement allowed the purchaser to "select the product being sold and manipulate it so that it was carried to the point of delivery." Based on this patent, Mortimer Mills founded the M.B.M. Cigar Vending Company in 1895. On the success of the cigar vending machine, the company began manufacturing and distributing the Mills Owl the first mechanical upright cabinet "gaming" machine
In 1898, Mortimer Mills sold a controlling interest in the company to his eldest son, Herbert S. Mills who changed the name of the company to Mills Novelty Company. At that time, the company was located at 125-127 West Randolph Street. In 1904, Mills Novelty Company was an exhibitor at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Missouri. (this was the setting for the film Meet Me in St Louis.
By 1910, the company was making elaborate cast iron machines that sold chewing gum, peanuts, and candy. They also had a variety of amusement devices such as a punching bag machine, a weight lifting machine, a film viewer, fortune telling devices and a gadget that engraved a metal name-plate.
Mills' greatest contribution to music was indirect through its motion-picture jukebox, the Panoram. Mills was the dominant force behind these big audio/visual machines during the the 1940s because (after decades of experiments) they developed a reliable reel operating mechanism. As shown above, the Panoram was the size of a refrigerator, hosed in an attractive Art Deco cabinet designed by Everett Eckland. The technology used a series of mirrors to reflect the image from an RCA projector onto a 27-inch etched-glass screen. The machines first appeared in 1939 and found their way into countless soda shops, taverns, bus and train stations, and other public places across the nation. The specially-made 16mm films held 8 musical numbers and ran in a continuous loop. A foil strip embedded in the film was the demarcation between segments. Each loop of the tape cost the patron a nickel (eventually a dime). For technical reasons the prints themselves were printed in reverse as the confined space inside the Panoram machines required a complex series of mirrors in order to project the image on to the inside of the screen. The machines could be operated at the box or from remote stations designed by engineer Arthur Bouterious. One major flaw in the technology was that in order to play, say, selection number eight, you had to sit through numbers one to seven first. Initially, the Panoram was a great success and found its way into thousands of bars, hotel lobbies, bus stations, restaurants, etc. across the country.
(Pictures credit thank to Mr. Larry Fisher )
I will leave you the choice between the original manual (minus the original cover). It has yellowed and is soiled or I'll make a cleaner copy for you (94 pages). I will also include a 9 page copy of the audio amplifier manual.
An original manual alone (in poor shape) recently sold for $76.00. Original Mills Panoram Jukebox Service Manual (390283338601) Ebay.
Other Mills Jukebox service manuals have sold for $101.00! on Ebay:
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