This is the GoldE Manumatic Film Slide Projector
Back in the early 2000s, I ran across what I called a ‘hole in the internet’. I was trying to find out how fast a cow could run in order to prove to a friend of mine that a cow could outrun him; an argument we got into as I was trying to explain to him that if cows so desired, they would be the most dangerous animal on earth and could quickly kill us all. Try as I could, I simply could not find this information online. I found charts detailing the top speed of chickens, pigs, goats, and horses, but no cows! It was like there was a giant cow-conspiracy that had removed all mention of this information online. The biggest thing I kept finding was other people online asking this same question, which is never a good sign. It is now ten years later and the cow speed answer can be found in a five-second Google search. It seems that it’s getting a bit rarer to find holes in the internet.
However, that long preface was a setup for the GoldE Manufacturing Co of Chicago Illinois, which appears to exist within one of the holes in the internet. The bulk of the initial searches lead to people selling their equipment and multiple posts on forums of people also looking for more information about them. After a bit of digging here is what I’ve patched together about them. The GoldE Manufacturing Co was a company that existed between 1920-1958 that manufactured projectors, both film and slide, and theatre equipment (lighting and such). At some point in their history they were located at 1220-C West Madison St in Chicago. That address appears to now belong to a travel agency.
From what I can find, this particular model of projector was from the mid-to-late 50s.
This was one of the acquisitions from my brother-in-law. I don’t actually have a direct nostalgic connection to this particular form of slide projector as growing up we had a cartridge-based projector that was quite different to this.
This projector is hands-down the most beautiful item in my collection. I absolutely LOVE the design of this projector. It’s a brilliant example of 20s Art Deco design. It’s made of a textured solid metal (maybe bronze?) and it has a built-in two-tone textured carrying case. It has gorgeous horizontal and vertical grills on the back and the horizontal lines are just there for the design. EDIT: I was talking about this with my dad and he pointed out that the grill shape on the back increases the surface area and so would help with the cooling, which was always a problem with these projectors, which makes sense.
I feel my words here are just simplistic ravings that don’t do it justice–I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves (I recommend clicking through the gallery on this one–seeing the larger pictures really shows up the beautiful details!)
Compare the GoldE to this similar all-in-one carrying-cased Bell and Howell (which I’ll do a full post on later). The Bell and Howell is boring modern plastic garbage compared to the GoldE. The carrying case is the nicest part of it, but the projector itself is functional but ugly.
Which leads to the one downside to the GoldE, it’s actually not functionally very good. It has a very clunky slide-feeding mechanism. As best I can figure it out, you have to manually push each slide in the one side:
And then they all end up in a bunch on the other side.
But it’s not at all automatic and leads to you putting lots of pressure on the slides to move the next one forward, which greatly increases the wear and tear on the cardboard slide holders.
I’ll do a deeper write up about slide-technology and some thoughts I have on that, but for today I’ll leave you with the glorious images of the texture of the GoldE’s casing.