The Kodak Slide Projector And Slide Carousel

The first slide projector was invented by Louis Misuraca who originally lived in Naples Italy then eventually migrated to the United States. The Kodak Company paid Louis a one time fee for his slide projector invention without royalties. The slide projector was born and Kodak now had full rights to the projector.

A slide projector holds a carousel used to display slides on a screen to create a slide show. The carousel is a separate tray that holds up to 80 slides. Each slide is placed backwards and upside down in the tray so the projector will present the correct orientation onto the screen. Once all your slides are loaded into the carousel there is a ring that acts as a looking mechanism on top of the carousel. This keeps all your slides from falling out. There is a metal plate underneath the carousel with an opening long enough to let the slide drop into the projector. The slide projector body has a motor in it that rotates the carousel so each slide can be dropped into the projector. An arm will push each slide back up and out of the projector allowing the next slide to be displayed.

The slide format was very popular up to the late 90’s before digital camera technology took over. There are many households that have hundreds if no thousands of slides containing family history and memories. Having your slides scanned to a digital format is a great way to preserve them for years to come.

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