poration of Iowa. Five years later, a final takeover by the Kalart Corporation ended Victor's forty-six years of existence in Davenport, Iowa.
Writing of Alexander Victor in the Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Samuel G. Rose commented:
When nearly 80, Victor summarized his early life by saying that he had been an "exhibitor, cameraman, producer, studio owner, script writer and twice an actor." He could have added inventor, designer and manufacturer. Victor had an insatiable enthusiasm and prophetic vision for designing and building equipment to meet the needs of the time in the rapidly changing field of nontheatrical equipment. . . . His interest and enthusiasm never waned and he met "head-on" each new challenge presented to him by designing and producing apparatus to satisfy the needs of the amateur, of industry, of education and of government. . . . Alexander Victor played an important part in the birth and growth of the nontheatrical motion- picture industry. 12
Each year, the theatrical industry's trade annual Motion Picture Almanac publishes a listing of "producers, distributors, or libraries of non- theatrical motion pictures." The number of entries through the years has dwindled considerably, and by 1991 there were only sixty-seven entries. Not surprisingly, the largest number, seventeen, are located in New York. Los Angeles and environs comes third with five. But Chicago is still there, holding second place with seven active companies.