Tag Archives: 8mm

October 2019 PHSC News out

Toronto. Get your news here! Read all about it! Latest issue of the PHSC News newsletter was released Friday morning. Not on the list? Send me a note and read the latest issue here. Sonja has published another themed goody … Continue reading

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light and bright

Toronto. What could those 8mm movie fanatics really, really want in a projector? Tiny? Compact? Light? Room filling? Bright? All of this and more? According to this September 15, 1958 ad in LIFE, Argus created all these things. Through engineering, … Continue reading

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… blinding me with science …

Toronto. The second release of Thomas Dolby‘s CD “The Golden Age of Wireless” (after the song “She’s Blinding Me With Science” became a hit single in 1982 and was added to the CD) was the inspiration for this post.  In … Continue reading

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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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