A few years ago I went to a local history talk and we looked at some old photos. The speaker told us that Ken Morse invented the rostrum camera - I can't remmeber exactly what is though tbh, something along the lines of a photo of a photo or some other still image
I have spoken to the famous Ken Morse! It gave me quite a flutter.
Rostrum is used when you want a moving shot of a still photo - something like a cutting from a newspaper or a photo of somebody as a child. I used to have to send newspaper cuttings to Ken Morse and he would use his special rostrum camera to film a shot of it maybe panning across, or starting in on close up and pulling out. Otherwise you just have a still shot which is v boring on TV. Should imagine it's all done digitally now, so maybe Ken's got a new camera.
Had no idea Ken Morse was so famous! I've been to do some rostruming with Ken a couple of times, but this was a few years back now. He no longer had a parrot but he still chain smoked. His studio was a PITA to get to so I chose a more centrally located camera man ... would be interested to know what he's done about the chain smoking since the law changed.
BTW - he's a very nice man and much quicker than a lot of other cameramen.