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home movies over 60 years ago

Toronto. Back in January of this year I did a post on DeJur and their 1954 ad in LIFE Two years later they are still banging away at home movies via an ad in LIFE.  As mentioned in my January … Continue reading

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Bolex joins the game

Toronto. After the world-wide 1929 stock market crash ushered in the great depression, many small companies failed. BOL SA, founded by Jacques Bogopolsky, was one of them. A Swiss company, it made cameras for cine. Paillard SA made watch parts, … Continue reading

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movies, anyone?

Toronto. Continuing on with the LIFE and movies theme, Bell and Howell of Chicago was a respected professional movie equipment maker. They added a consumer line pre-war (Filmo). Post-war they dumbed down the consumer cameras and ads – the cameras … Continue reading

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soupe du jour

Toronto. Post war everyone had catching up to do. Wages, telephones, cars, home appliances, televisions and cameras.  In the 1950s the next big thing was home movies. Kodak and its competitors sold 8mm film in both black and white and … Continue reading

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you do remember movies, don’t you?

Toronto. In 1922 Europe, a French company developed a home projector to show copies of commercial 35mm movies at home in a new format called 9.5mm. Shortly after their projectors retailed, Pathé introduced a companion movie camera using the same standard. … Continue reading

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stoned on movies

Toronto. When I went to Labrador to maintain a tropospheric scatter communications system that Bell selected to service communities in the far north of Quebec and Labrador, my dad said he would like to do movies, so I bought him … Continue reading

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when home movies were analogue

Toronto. Before fancy digital cameras and smartphones became common place, photography needed film. To address the blossoming interest in home movies (and to sell the special movie film) camera companies offered special movie cameras that accepted the tiny reels of 16mm … Continue reading

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Filmos – well made movie equipment of yesteryear

Toronto. Bell & Howell was founded over a century ago in Chicago. Initially, it was famous for high end professional cameras and projectors. Over 80 years ago they introduced their Filmo marque on home model cameras and projectors. In later … Continue reading

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pushing colour prints postwar …

Toronto. 3 years after the war was over (and then some) the average person preferred black & white prints over colour because of two things: cost and resolution. To promote colour, Kodak embarked on a strong advertising campaign. The company … Continue reading

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