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Jim Schrader
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 - posted July 27, 2012 09:19 AM      Profile for Jim Schrader   Author's Homepage   Email Jim Schrader   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
has anybody seen one of these before? does one have to have a special film reel to watch on this or can any film work?


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Hugh Thompson Scott
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I think they were used years ago by salesmen for demo's Jim.
I do believe the films were loaded in cassette form.

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Joe Taffis
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Hi Jim, I remember seeing these used in the larger department stores and auto dealerships for demo films (as Hugh mentioned) back then. It is super 8mm, so as long as you can get to that reel, you should be able to load any super 8 film in it; probably would be a pain to do it though....looks like some kind of split reel in there.

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Pasquale DAlessio
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HI Jim

I remember it from many years ago. The Ford dealership I used to work for ran training films on it.


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David Michael Leugers
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I saw one in operation once back in the early 80's at a small cigar shop. The film was an interesting tour of a cigar manufacturer's facilities and what goes into producing their cigars. Seems to me the cartridges were produced by Technicolor.

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David Kilderry
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I recall them at hardware stores and department stores. Some types were non-cartridge others were like this and made by Technicolor.

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Lee Mannering
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Jim. Was in our local cine shop when one of the cine reps called and used a similar suit case projector to demo his products on many years ago. They were quite common over here and also often used at trade shows.

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Martin Jones
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It's possible by using the Ebay "Enlarge/Zoom" facility on the pictures (particularly no 4) to read all the Instruction panel, view all parts of the machine and learn an very great deal about it.
Also, see here under 1967 http://www.super8data.com/database/articles_list/super8chronology.htm

Try Googling
MPO Videotronic picture corporation
The company is still in existence!

Retired TV Service Engineer
Ongoing interest in Telecine....

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