Friday Flashback #137

I’m not sure what year this was.

I don’t know what “Projectoscope” means.

But — even if it didn’t live up to its promise as “the best program ever given here” — it must have been pretty cool.

(Courtesy of Paul Ehrismann)

I do know one thing: the Opera House where D.W. Robertson presented his famous, marvelous Projectoscope is still around.

Today though, we call it Toquet Hall.

7 responses to “Friday Flashback #137

  1. So this might have been the first movie ever shown in Westport?

  2. Seth Goltzer

    D W Robertson was an early showman that acquired an early Edison film projector that he called a Projectoscope. He gave illustrated lectures in the NYarea. The poster probably dates around 1900.

  3. Any guess as to the year? Or approximation?

  4. Kathleen Bennewitz

    Fascinating! Mitchell, thanks for great link too for the 1907 showing here. We all that to Otocast! wow. We were quite the up and coming and progressive town!