a weighty solution

ad for 1933 DeVry movie sound system

Toronto. This advertisement in the May 1933 issue of American Cinematographer touted an amazing sound system by DeVry – less than 150 pounds of camera, film, and sound equipment! All available just five years after the ‘talkies’ burst on the scene.

The digital and smart camera fan of today would boggle at such a weighty solution to talking videos. They can be recorded today with simple hand held devices weighing less than a pound. How times have changed!

The 1933 movie gear was made and sold by DeVry of Chicago, later known for educational films before disappearing into the mists of time. This ad, like so many, is courtesy of my good friend, George Dunbar, who generously shares his finds with us.


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