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���An exact reproduction, in miniature, of a large hotel now being built in New York. The windows are of real glass

��A Miniature Hotel With Two Thousand Rooms

��THE picture above shows a remark- able model of a gigantic hotel which is planned for New York City. The model is a faithful representation of the building as it will appear. Every little detail of ornamentation, coloring, light- ing effects and general construc- tion has been faithfully por- trayed. The result is a little palace that might accommodate a whole community of Peter Pans. The model was con- structed from the plans of the architect who designed the great hotel that is to be. The ma- terial used was wood pulp stained to imitate perfectly the stone which will be used for the new building. The windows of the miniature are of glass.

The real hotel when finished will be enormous. It will have a ballroom which will ac- commodate three thousand dancers. There will be two thousand guest rooms in the building and preparations are being made to serve more than a million people during the first year it is open.

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A Motion Picture Camera That Stands on One Leg

ARTHUR SELDENof Roch- . ester, N. Y., intends to employ a single swinging- sup- port in place of the stationary tripod of a motion picture cam- era to facilitate the following of moving objects and a crank at- tached to the operator's belt to minimize vibration by indirect driving. No provision is made for focusing.

In motion picture work, lenses of universal focus are not 'em- ployed. An object moving to or from the lens within certain distances will necessitate re- focusing. At the same time the crank must be kept in mo- tion without the slightest varia- tion in speed. The photog- rapher using a camera with a single swinging support would find both his hands well em- ployed. Focusing of- the lens when the necessity arose would be impossible. It is doubtful, too, whether a smooth, even turn could be made with a crank attached to the flexible body of a man.

Although in this case the inventor has given most of his atten-

���Fiexible .shaft 1

��Crank attached to belt

��The photographer using a camera with a single swinging support, such as the one shown, would find both his hands well employed

��tion to a more accurate centering of an object in motion, it should be re- membered that this fea- ture, with rare exception, is not desirable in motion picture work. An ob- ject in motion which is continually photographed in or near the center of the film in spite of its movements will, when projected on the screen, dazzle the eyes of specta- tors, because the back- ground, which is greater in area, will assume in an opposite direction the identical motion which has been arrested in ^ the object. At best, the majority of such pictures are some- what confusing and consequently seldom used.

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