'Unlimited amusement and no danger'
In late 1896 the Lumière brothers developed the Kinora. Manufactured by Gaumont in France from 1900 and in the United Kingdom from 1902 by British Mutoscope, the Kinora provides a visual link with the first decade of the 20th century and the beginnings of cinema.
In Australia Kinoras were promoted as a way to stay in touch with the ‘mother country’ as well as being easy to operate, relatively cheap and not carrying the potential danger of flammable nitrate film stock. As one advertisement proclaimed, Kinoras offer ‘Unlimited amusement and no danger’.
This short clip demonstrates how the Kinora player was set up and operated: