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Desmond Godwin
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From: Ireland
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 - posted December 23, 2011 05:01 PM      Profile for Desmond Godwin   Author's Homepage   Email Desmond Godwin   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I was thinking as this is Christmas time and as you tend to look back on past memories,and parhaps Christmas was the time when we got our 1st projectors? So i thought i would post a small Video that might bring back some memories to some people...
'Happy Christmas'

Desmond [Smile]


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John Yapp
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 - posted December 23, 2011 05:38 PM      Profile for John Yapp   Email John Yapp   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
God, that takes me back. Great video Desmond. I've recently joined the forum and was thinking of posting that the Horipet was my first projector too. Although my family had to be fairly careful with money,My Dad took me to buy an old second hand Bolex soon after,and I finally ended up with a Eumig 802D. My prized possesions then were my feature length "King Kong" and "Way out West" purchased from a man who had a shop in his garden shed where one could buy and trade films. Happy Days.

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Janice Glesser
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 - posted December 23, 2011 05:45 PM      Profile for Janice Glesser   Email Janice Glesser   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Des... that was terrific. I really got a little choked up watching it. What a great present...and as far as I'm concerned that little projector is far from being a toy. It works better that half of the projectors I've somehow managed to acquire this year.

Thanks for a great holiday treat!


[ December 24, 2011, 12:46 AM: Message edited by: Janice Glesser ]


"I'm having a very good day!"
Richard Dreyfuss - Let It Ride (1989).

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Bill Phelps
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 - posted December 23, 2011 06:11 PM      Profile for Bill Phelps     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Very cool video Desmond! My first projector was the one my Mom and Dad bought before I was born to watch the family films they shot. A Emdeko (GAF) dual 8. I took it over when I was 13....in 1981. I still have it and I get it out every once and a while and run a film on it. A couple years ago I replaced the bulb and belt...even though I don't use it much I feel the need to take care of it....it's special.

Bill [Smile]

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Steve Klare
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 - posted December 23, 2011 07:25 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You've hit the right time of the year: Mom and Dad bought me my Kodak Moviedeck for Christmas 1978. Apart from the train set I got four years earlier it was the best present I've ever gotten.

The whole summer before I'd been shooting film with the shiny new GAF movie camera I'd bought and I had a couple of commercial prints too, but for the first time I got to see them projected without borrowing my neighbor's GAF projector. (Somehow the viewer/editor I had wasn't quite the same...)

Dad is gone now and Mom gave me his Kodak slide projector and the screen we once shared. Sometime soon I'll get his carousels so they stay safe.

Christmas and Movies belong together: both have memories and magic.

All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...

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Akshay Nanjangud
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 - posted December 23, 2011 08:54 PM      Profile for Akshay Nanjangud   Email Akshay Nanjangud   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Beautiful video, Desmond. I loved it. The way your hands move over the projector. Beautiful.

I've felt that this forum has members who have been grown up with films around them; they know and understand films. Now me, am just a couple of months old. For me, watching movies on film is to feel what it used to be like. For me .... it is the closest thing I have to a time machine.

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Pasquale DAlessio
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 - posted December 23, 2011 09:19 PM      Profile for Pasquale DAlessio   Email Pasquale DAlessio   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

Great film. Thanks for sharing it.


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Dino Everette
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Desmond thanks for posting that, it was beautifully made with an even more beautiful message about the personal attachment people have with film projection.

I salute you. [Smile]

"You're too Far Out Miss Lawrence"

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Michael O'Regan
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 - posted December 24, 2011 02:03 AM      Profile for Michael O'Regan   Email Michael O'Regan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Excellent, Desmond.

It's funny because I too have been remembering my first projector. Like you I got it for Christmas - I think it would've been either '72 or '73. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to watch films at home. Santa brought me the projector which was an Agfa Movector. Here's a pic of one:

http://www.super8data.com/database/projectors_list/projectors_agfa/agfa_movector_888.h tm

I also received a Castle Films SON OF FRANKENSTEIN cutdown and a Mountain Films L&H edit called DIN AT DINNER.

The projector came from Wilsons Chemist and Photographic in Cobh and the films from The Camera House in Cork City.
I still have the projector and I still have those prints.

Wonderful memories.

Nollaig shona duit, a chara

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Jonathan Sanders
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 - posted December 24, 2011 04:43 AM      Profile for Jonathan Sanders   Email Jonathan Sanders   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Mine was a Eumig Mark 501 which my parents bought for me for Christmas 1970. It cost them £40 new (they weren't shy about letting me know!) which, according to an online inflation calculator, would be £500 today!

They included some 50ft extracts from silent comedies (Chaplin, Lloyd) and one 200ft of the Keystone Kops. I remember on Christmas Eve, after I'd gone to bed, hearing them laughing as they tried out the projector - but I could tell they were laughing at themselves setting it up, not the films!

Forty-one years later, projector, films and parents have long departed... only the memory remains.

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Joe Taffis
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Desmond, absolutely wonderful film! I had a very similar version ordered from Captain Co. in the back pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland. I think it was $9.95 + shipping. I wish Santa would have brought mine; I had to wait and save every nickel until I had enough to send for it. Everything the same except there was no speed control. I remember buying a whole lot of "D" batteries back then! I wish I would have taken good care of it like you did, but all I have left is the little green 50' take-up reel. Thanks for the memories! [Smile]

Joe Taffis

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Paul Adsett
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My first projector was the little 9.5mm Pathescope Ace which I got when I was about 15. I can still remember the excitement of using this little machine to show my first film purchase, a 60ft Western reel entitled North West Justice. Despite all the intervening years, and the aquisition of sophisticated film gear like the GS1200, the little Ace, and that first film projection, has never lost its magic for me.
Probably the greatest Christmas gift a kid could have back then. Today's kids get Xbox, Playstation, and WII games. I know which I prefer.


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Desmond Godwin
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Thank you 'so much' for all your heartwarming comments on the Video. Im so happy that you folk have got something from it.
I would never part with that little Horipet projector as to me its priceless. It holds so many great memories. I remember that Christmas time my dad (now gone) brought me to a toy shop and i could only look at the Horipet thru the shop window,but my dad made the promise to me that Santa would bring me that same projector for Christmas,and as always my dad - he kept his word..


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Gary Crawford
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Great video, Desmond, You were high tech compared to me. My first machine was for my 9th birthday in 1958....Brumberger hand cranked projector. It, too , used D cell batteries, but only, of course, for the light source, which basically was a flashlight bulb, powered by the two batteries. 50 foot capacity....standard 8mm. The best birthday present ever. I don't think that machine exists now. It may have been thrown out, but it may also be in the attic of my late parents' home where my brother now resides...some 900 miles away from me. When we sell the house, I will go hunting for that thing. I wore it out....take up spring, etc.
It wore my films out...scratching them to within an inch of their lives.
hours were spend in the den closet running my films.(It was the only dark place in the house)...and it wasn't a walk in closet, either.

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Jim Schrader
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I do remember mine it was simialr tothat but a hand crank instead got it from a mail order novelty company came with 2 movies which I still have although they are not watchable much anymore as I used them to experiment with splicing using krazy glue yep it really worked self taught myself about splicing.

jim schrader
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