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NEWALL MOVIE CAMERA (MCA 522)
Produced in 1946
Produced by: Newall Engineering Corporation
Item Code: MCA 522
Condition (In our opinion): 8/10
The Newall Engineering Company began its operations as gauge manufacturers in England in 1900. Over the years, they gradually expanded to heavy-duty industrial machinery and were so good at what they did that in 1968 the company received a Queens award for Technological Achievements, an award that is reserved for companies which excel in international trade, innovation or sustainable development and one that is considered to be the highest official UK award for British businesses. In the 1940s, the company decided to branch out into consumer equipment, to deal with financial losses caused by World War II, and this movie camera was among the many items that were manufactured at the time.
This movie camera was first manufactured in 1946, but was only moderately successful until the Hollywood boom in the 1950s. Until then, the Mitchell BNC was still the camera of choice for film production, but Mitchell was not able to keep up with Hollywood demand, and Newall stepped up to fill the gap using this camera. The camera became hugely popular since it turned out to be sturdier, quieter, easier to operate and sleeker than the Mitchell BNC. They became so famous that actress Margaret Lockwood, one of the most successful English actresses of the time, especially came down to the Newall factory in Fletton High Street to see them for herself. With dimensions of 61 cm (length) x 68 cm (height) x 39 cm (width), the item is in good condition, with minor scuff marks and tarnishing, which is considered normal.
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