Like the earlier volume covering the nineteenth century this collection of patents registered at the British Patents Office is a valuable resource for anyone interested in theatre, engineering, magic, and architecture. It includes many fascinating developments relating to moving lights, projection, dimming and control, as well as staging, illusions, and a many other aspects of theatre technology.
It reads like the Who's Who of entertainment manufacturing. Many famous names appear in the database including Stelmar, Siemens, Strand Electric, Furse & Co, Blau-Vogel, Holophane, Coliseum Syndicate, Hall Stage, Burkitt, British Thomson-Houston, Schwabe, Waagner-Biro, GEC, Kirby's Flying Ballet and even Frank Matcham!
Hardback 355pp, with figs and illus., (2010), , £30, ($60), members' additional copies: £20.
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17th October 2014