Vintage Bell & Howell 8mm Projector Model 253R
This wonderful vintage Bell & Howell 8mm movie projector hails from the 1950s or early 1960s. It has a brown Bakelite handle, and a metal lid with a push-button that releases the lid when pressed.
According to Wikipedia, Bell & Howell was founded in 1907 by two projectionists, and was a manufacturer of motion picture equipment. The company merged with Böwe Systec Inc. in 2003 to become Böwe Bell & Howell, which provides document processing, microfilmers, scanners, and financial services.