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Alan Rik
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I know there might be a topic already done in the past but this will be fun for the newer members! Do you remember your first Super 8 purchase...and do you still have it?
This one is mine:

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I think it cost me $39.95 and I purchased it from Larry Arpin of LA films! That was expensive since I was 13 or 14.
Notice how there are no head leaders?

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I give thanks to my first Super 8 projector. The Chinon 4100. It used to routinely eat all my films up. I hated that machine.

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Daniel Tollick
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Looks good been watching one of these on ebay for the last few days.

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Andrew Woodcock
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Mine Rik, was a Standard 8mm B/W 50ft version of "Do You Like Snow" silent of course as well! Ha ha.

How many 8 year olds of today would be amazed by such media! [Big Grin]

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Clinton Hunt
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I started collecting only 5 years ago but have managed to have a huge collection now!

My first Super8mm was The Planet Of The Apes 200ft B/W Silent - I think it was about US$10 plus P&P.

Then discovered it wouldn't run on my first projector I got for Christmas - Eumig P8 - a Standard/Regular 8mm projector!
Yes I was abit green on all the film guages but learnt quickly [Smile]

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Brian Fretwell
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A 50ft Silent extract from "Easy Street" or A keystone Cops silent. I only had a battery/add on transformer projector then, no shutter, 10w lamp and a flat aperture plate - it scratched the films terribly. It was soon replaced by a Eumig 510D

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Andrew Woodcock
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Apart fron Rik, who is postively posh by comparison (ha ha), it appears most of us mere mortals started out with humble beginnings.

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Jose Artiles
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My first was a full feature film of "walking tall" starring Joe Don Baker and a full feature print of "Dead Weekend" starring Brenda Baccaro i buy the films new 25 years ago from a spanish brand called Visiones Marbiscolor. I still have the print of " Dead Weekend" ,it was printed on agfa stock and still have a wonderfull colour.

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Marshall Crist
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200' silent cutdown of REVENGE OF THE CREATURE. What a wonderful night I had watching that.

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Steve Klare
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Moving into sound as a teenager puts you in the Advanced Class!

-I got my first silent film as a 16 year old and went into sound at forty!

Back that long ago the idea of having sound was almost exotic. Among the very few people I knew that had movies at all, all had silents only. The first Super-8 sound projector I ever saw was my own.

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Andrew Woodcock
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Jose tops us all with a first screening ever with a FULL. FEATURE as a virgin projectionist!

Quite frankly if that had been me on first go at threading, i would have been scared to death of wrecking that valuable print on its maiden voyage.

You sure left it late Steve for moving into "Talkies".-why such a big gap of 24years to try them out? [Confused]

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Douglas Warren
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The first reels I purchased with my own money (age 16 ) were Universal 8 / Castle Films: Frankenstein & House of Frankenstein.Both were 200',silent reels.I must have played both three times each that day!... Douglas

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Alan Rik
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I remember looking at the ad on the back page of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and at that time I thought it was the whole feature with sound and color for a mere 9.95!! Imagine my surprise when I went to the Kmart and they told me it was only 2 1/2 minutes long!!

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David Skillern
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One of the first Super 8 purchases was going on a christmas shopping trip from South Wales to Birmingham and my father buying me a techno release of "Bugs Bunny Rides Again" in Boots of all places. I still have this copy over thirty years later and although my dad has gone - he loved this cartoon and I have fond memories every time I screen it.

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Andrew Woodcock
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One to treasure David. Great that you still have it and a fabulous story to boot!

It's brilliant how, just like certain records, treasured vivid memories tag along with some of our collections. It really does make them priceless in many many cases.

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David Skillern
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Thanks Andrew,

Very true - regarding memories - my collection has many memories and reasons to hang on to the prints.

David

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Graham Ritchie
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Still have this B/W.. T/J.. bought way back in the 70s [Smile]
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Trevor Adams
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EASY STREET,Blackhawk.

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Steve Carter
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my very first film was Standard 8 Walton 50ft Laurel & Hardy 'Reluctant Legionnaires'for Christmas late 60's with battery Horipet projector.My first Super 8 'Catalina, Here I Come' re-titled as 'Channel Swimmers' Collectors Club 200 footer starring Eddie Quillan and 400 foot 'With Love & Hisses', silent Laurel & Hardy.All my films were standard 8 until I got hold of a dual gauge projector, it was a revelation picture wise...

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Vidar Olavesen
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My first was bought with my Elmo ST-600 and was the black and white edition of Island of Mystery, 200' ... I was 11 at the time and money earned from paper route well spent on those two :-)

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David Coppola
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7th Voyage of Sinbad and Revenge of the Creature. Purchased from a Two Guys Dept Store. VERY early 70s.

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Marshall Crist
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My REVENGE OF THE CREATURE was from Two Guys as well!

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Mark Silvester
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My first 8mm move was a 50ft silent "Castle film" telling the story of Rudolph Valentino..the projector was a small hand cranked machine was from mail-master...with a bulb so weak you could hardly SEE THE PICTURES.

The NEXT WAS A 200" SUPER 8MM SOUND from Dixons called the "Night Caller" starring John Saxon...not a bad little b/w abridgement...I had a baby gioca at the time...it was £69.95 from Scientific and Technical.

Happy days...but before all that was the hand-cranked "movie viewer from Mail master.(you had to hold it up to the light)..I rented a few 200" to watch on that from the local camera shop...age 12/13 then... [Smile]

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Gary Crawford
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I go back to Standard 8mm...Parents bought me for my 9th birthday a Brumberger hand cranked projector. And gave me money to buy at Sears, two Castle headline editions.... Have Badge Will Chase and Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. That would have been 1958.

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Osi Osgood
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I'm not entirely sure, but I think my first super film I actually purchased new, when a kid, was a Disney super 8 color silent 200ft entitled, "Jumbo Cartoon parade", and I proceeded to wear it out, had fun, though.

I had a good number of "Hand me down" films from my dad before that, but that "Jumbo Cartoon Parade" was bought brand new, in the very early 1980's. A side note to that story, they had an offer of 5 or 6 color prints of Disney characters that were free, all you had to do was send shipping for them, (and the order form that came in the super 8 box, of course) ...

I completely forget about it and then, many months later, they actually arrived!

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