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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 10 (x)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 10
Page 10


1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 10

66 Years 0 leehnieel Development SINCE the original efforts of Thomas Alva Edison to develop motion pictures, until today, it has always been the role of the engineer to work towards the improvement and advancement of the art of motion picture presentation.

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has put, 38 years of vigorous growth into becoming the worldwide technical leader of the industry. For thousands of engineers, produCcrs, suppliers and technicians in the cinema and television industries the word is contained in the Journal of the SMPTE. The facts they find there, and the organization that stands behind it, have signiticance and importance for all those concerned with the motion-picture business.

Technical societies, by and large, sug gest respectability and are felt to be. in a sense, indicators of the validity and

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stability of the industry they service. Our industry. being a late starter in the scientific Field, had certainly not reached any great degree of gravity or honor when a small group of sincere and farseeing engineers met together in 1916 to found the Society of Motion Picture. Engineers.

Motion pictures were the umovies." a term, as the Societyls first president put it in 1918, ttof derision, though the term is so expressive that eventually it, will be accepted in our language and appear in standard dictionaries, but at present a term of mild contempt. nevertheless? Indeed, the days were not long past when one of the commonest uses of the Hflickers" was as short subjects put on in 'audevillc houses to clear the house between shows, since it was felt that no audience could stand to watch them for more than 1() minutes.

WHILE THE EFFORTS of Thomas A. Edison were a good 22 years (1894) before the formal founding of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (1916). the kinship of development and constant striving for perfection must always place him in the very iron! rank of this industry's engineering contributors. He is here pictured in his laboratory with experimental projector of 1897.

THEATRE CATALOG 1954-55
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 10