MITCHELL FRICTION TILTHEAD MODEL FH

   Mitchell Camera Corporation, Glendale, California           1946 to mid-1950's

 

Introduced in the early 1930's, Mitchell's Friction Tilthead like those now being offered by other makers, was a huge step up from the two-crank designs previously in use over the past twenty-five years.

Heads with two cranks, one for panning and the other for tilting, required a cameraman and an assistant to fully operate the camera and the head. With the friction head's single control, both pan and tilt could be achieved by the cameraman faster, and simultaneously.

Having a Glendale, California "acorn" maker's tag places this example's manufacture between 1946 and the mid-1950's most likely.  Aside from motion picture production, heads like this Mitchell would find use in the emerging television industry before more purpose-built heads came into use.

The Model FH example featured here no longer retains its factory original black wrinkle finish, a signature characteristic of most black-fashioned Mitchell cameras and equipment. 

 

A solid and enduring piece of Mitchell's history, still in use today.

 

 

 

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                    From Mitchell Camera Corporation's August 1, 1934 catalog

 

           

                     From Mitchell Camera Corporation's August 1, 1934 catalog

 

          

                        From Mitchell Camera Corporation's August 1, 1934 catalog