In the late 1940s-early 1950s,Martin Lucas Ltd.,Glebe Hills,Hollinwood,Lancs.England brought untold joy to youngsters with their clever optical toys. I first recall seeing Minicine Projectors in the display window of KODAK(Queen St.,Auckland).They were NOT being advertised as toys( to do so would have meant a vendor would incur some luxury tax that prevailed in the postwar period.)

So a proud banner declaring,"Hundreds of Feet of Film Replaced by 12 Inches",drew the attention of serious home moviemakers!!

The Minicine Projector made Martin Lucas world famous-amongst comic-reading kids(and were there any other kind?)

What an amazing wee machine the Minicine was!It showed Stills and Movies!

The mechanism was hand-cranked and Minicine films went up and down as they traversed the projector's film-gate. Images,arranged vertically,depicted four stages of a particular movement,for instance,a character jumping a fence. Projected sequentially,they gave the illusion of movement.

A 6volt cycle lamp bulb,powered by batteries or a supplied transformer,provided ample illumination,rendering a very satisfactory projected picture.

A foot of film took nearly five minutes to pass through the  machine.Many classic tales were converted to Minicine film-by notable artists and authors.Enid Blyton's efforts were great favourites with the kids! 


Upright Minicine
Standard Minicine
Super Minicine
For a very short time this circa 1952 Viewer was called,the MINICINE Viewer.Once packaged and renamed as an EAGLE comic accessory, it became very popular.
The Mickey Mouse 3D Viewer used a 17.5mm strip of film carrying around a dozen pictures.
Inspired by the kid's annual,ROBIN,which was first published in 1954.A neat little filmstrip projector made from aluminium.