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1930s Mutoscope
with San Francisco Earthquake Reel

circa 1930s, made by International Mutoscope Company, 25 cent play, fully operational.

The mutoscope is a coin operated, hand cranked, animated picture machine. It features the highly sought after (extremely hard to find) San Francisco Earthquake reel.

When you insert a penny and turn the crank, a small bulb lights up and a reel of still photos fall one by one in front of the viewer and gives the appearance of a movie.

Available with a kids stand as shown in the photo or with a taller adult stand. If you wish this mutoscope can come with the Charlie Chaplin reel below instead of the Earthquake reel.

Price $2875 plus shipping

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Restored 1940s Mutoscope
with Charlie Chaplin Reel

circa 1940s, 25 cent play, worklike the mutoscope described above, photo shows mutoscope on an adult stand.

The reel features Charlie Chaplin and is entitled: Married Bliss.

If you wish, this mutoscope can come with the Earthquake reel shown above instead of the Charlie Chaplin reel.

Price: $2895 plus shipping

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1930s Mutoscope

circa 1940s, This is a super restored mutoscope. It works on a nickel. Height: about 6 feet.

Price: $2950 plus shipping
Located in Pennsylvania

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1930s Mutoscope
with Flash Gorden the Aging Ape Reel

circa 1930s, 25 cent play, worklike the mutoscope described above, photo shows mutoscope on an adult stand.

If you wish, this mutoscope can come with the Earthquake reel or the Charlie Chaplin reel above instead of the Flash Gordon Ape reel

Price: $2875 plus shipping

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Clamshell Mutoscope
with Charlie Chaplin Reel

Here is another Clamshell Mutoscope from the 1920s

The cast iron clamshell is so named because of the clamshell design on both sides of the mutoscope.

It is an restored mutoscope, fully working with a new Charlie Chaplin reel.

Price: SOLD plus shipping

For more information or to order, send an email to: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
or call 202-338-1342 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast time).

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Ultra Rare
Indian Clamshell Mutoscope

The Indian Clamshell Mutoscope is the rarest of all mutoscopes and highly sought after by advanced collectors. Very seldom is one available for sale. This one is beautifully restored.

The marque and reel is a new Charlie Chaplin reel entitled The Back Room Brawl. See Close Up of Marque

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Price: $28,500 plus shipping.

For more information or to order, send an email to: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
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ORIGINAL
CHARLIE CHAPLIN Mutoscope Reels

Charlie in a restaurant/bakery gets in a fight with the proprietor and bags of flour are thrown all over the place.

This is an "original" reel in pretty good condition, with only a little wear. An "original" Charlie Chaplin reel is extremely hard to find because everyone wants an "original" Charlie Chaplin reel

Price: $795 plus $12 shipping

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or call 202-338-1342 (10 a.m. - 9 p.m. East Coast), or email: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com

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NEW
POPEYE Mutoscope Reels

Popeye in a Penny Arcade viewing a mutoscope of himself playing baseball and playing a strength tester - This Animated Cartoon is really neat if you like Popeye, baseball, or arcade machines. Fun for both children and adults.

The marque poster that comes with the reel is shown on the right. The dimensions of the marque are approximately 10 1/2" wide by 19 1/2" tall, designed to fit the marque that sits on top of the mutoscope. The reel is newly made and is in perfect condition.

The reel fits all mutoscopes, including Clamshells, round tops and later 1940s models. The only mutoscope that the reels don't work are the very rare mutoscope where you view the images in a mirror.

Price: $595 plus $12 shipping

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"Original" Mutoscope Marque Poster

This poster was produced in the 1950s/60s by the Mike Munves Company, one of the largest distributor of arcade machine during the 1940s-60s.

It is designed to go with reels of all subjects and be informational at the same time.

It is a heavy stiff cardboard poster that is 10 1/2" wide and 20" high and should fit "all" mutoscopes with tall marques. Very good condition, but may have minor smudge near edge

Price $89 plus $12.95 shipping

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Replica Mutoscope Marque Poster

This poster is for a Babe Ruth reel. We don't have the reel, but it would look great on the wall. Approx mesurements are 10 1/2" wide by 19 1/4" high.

Price: $59 plus $12.95 shipping

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History of the Mutoscope

The mutoscope is a coin operated, hand cranked, animated picture machine. When you insert a penny and turn the crank, a small bulb lights up and a reel of still photos fall one by one in front of the viewer into which you look.

Approximately 850 still photos with blank cards in between them are on the mutoscope reel. They are printed from about fifty feet of regular movie film.

Introduced in 1895, the mutoscope was one of the most popular and profitable machines in the penny arcade. Its popularity was so great that in just one location in New York City in 1903, the arcade owner took in over $100,000. Marcus Loew, the theater chain magnate, apparently made his fortune in setting up mutoscopes and penny arcades. Unlike most other kinds of amusement devices, the mutoscope was popular well into the 1950's.

The feature that makes the mutoscope so popular is the viewer's ability to control the speed of the showing and even stop it for a few seconds to get a closer look. It also fulfills the deep-rooted desire that we all have to "peek" through and see something we maybe shouldn't see.

The most popular reels were the "Girly Shows," especially those with alluring titles that virtually always promised more than they delivered. Wouldn't you be enticed by such titles as: French Dressing, X-Ray Gown, Ladies Night in a Turkish Bath. Although there was no censorship board for mutoscope reels like there were for movies, the International Mutoscope Company made sure that the morality squads, which were in vogue in those days, would not attack the appropriateness of this type of entertainment.

The comic reels were the next most popular subjects. Here again the titles were enticing: "He Broke Her Heart, She Broke His Neck;" "The Great Spaghetti Eating Contest;" "Rival Piano Wreckers." Other popular subjects included westerns and sport subjects.

The early mutoscopes were large cast iron cases that had the appearance of a clamshell and were referred to as "Clamshell Mutoscopes." Later models were sleeker and more modern in design.

For a list of Mutoscopes & Reels for Sale scroll to the top of the page.

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