A 1920's projector is on display at the Barriere Museum. (Photo by: Bond Brown, summer student at the Barriere Museum)

A 1920’s projector is on display at the Barriere Museum

Thinking back in time as I study a 1920’s Universal Projector got me thinking. During my time in high school, I was always infuriated by the old, bad quality projectors. They took forever to warm up, did not display certain colours, and so on. But now that I see what people had to use a century ago, it does not seem all that bad.

The projector has 37 different parts that you need to keep track of. That’s it, that’s the article. In all seriousness, this seems to be a nightmare to actually operate, even if the instruction booklet is brand new. I have read through the booklet and it feels like torture to use and project an image, or a video.

Gosh, I never would have wanted to operate this. Today whenever I do technical work, projectors are the bane of my existence, and it seems no matter how much things change over time, they seem to stay the exact same. If I had to guess, you would need a technician to operate this.

The overall lesson here is no matter how much things change, for better or for worse, no matter how much the established world has shifted over time, things stay similar, more than you may expect.

To have a look at this projector come on down to The North Thompson Museum & Archives at 343 Lilley Road in Barriere.