posted September 02, 2015 05:01 AM
I've just had in the first 6 volumes of Heritage Films "Flicker Flashbacks" in Standard 8mm 'Hi-Fidelity' Sound (all superb quality!), and on the front of the original box is the R.R.P. which was £6 9 Shillings & 6 pence, which made me think how dear (if you paid the full asking price) one of these reels must have been, I bet the weekly wage for the mid sixties would only be between 10 & 15 Pounds. It just shows that film has always been dear (especially sound items), but as is today, we collectors always seem to find a way of buying a title we really, really want!
From: Waharoa,North Island,New Zealand
Registered: May 2010
posted September 02, 2015 08:11 AM
Hi Barry, I have 2 of these on standard8 sound as well and they are great with good sound and picture,and one on super8. That inflation calculator really does show the expense they were but I guess it was still new technology?
-------------------- Cheers from me in New Zealand :-)
From: Long Island, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted September 02, 2015 11:22 AM
Those were different days.
If you wanted to have a movie on demand back then it was basically watch film or do without.
So back on the last day before the VCR was introduced, some people who showed film were hobbyists, others (maybe even "most") were just people who wanted to see a movie at home and this was the means to that end.
-and that explains all the projectors and films coming out of storage these days.
Most of us here got the VCR and then the DVD player and still showed film anyway. The "movie people" bailed out like they were aboard a burning ship.
-------------------- All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...
From: Southend on Sea, Essex, UK
Registered: Feb 2015
posted September 02, 2015 11:30 AM
In 1971 you could buy Will Hay in 'Ask a Policeman' 8 reels for £38. 'Genevieve' was also available on eight reels Super 8 B/W at the same price. Prices seem to have come down as Super 8 200' was now £4.50. At that time I could go to the pictures, have a Fry's Cream Bar (2p approx) and an ice cream and have change out of 2/6(12 1/2p). In 1960 i was earning £2.02 as an apprentice in the printing trade. In the 1950's 9.5 was popular (many Chemists on the High Street sold it) and silent prints were 30' 5/- (25p) and 60' was 9/6 (47 1/2p). Films and projectors did seem expensive, especially the better models but the choice was growing and titles were increasing. It was a great time.
posted September 02, 2015 06:11 PM
Looking at a 1976 "Movie Maker" magazine, cover price 35p, Derann 1 reel colour/sound Look at Life prints were £11 with 15p postage. Powell were selling similar spec Disneys at £11.85, Mailmaster - Columbia 400ft £23.50. A Eumig Mk 810D Lux HQS was £200. An Elf RT-1H optical only 16mm £382 new and a second hand B&H 643 (opt and mag) £249, both plus a massive 8% VAT!!!. A glossy specialist magazine now would be more than £4 so multiply those prices by at least 10 (plus the increased VAT) and prices now seem a real bargain
posted September 02, 2015 07:53 PM
When I was growing up in the UK in the 1950's, cine was a wealthy man's hobby. An 8mm Bolex M8 projector at about 60 pounds Sterling was equivalent to a months wages for my dad who worked at Barry docks. The Bolex C8 camera was about another months wages. Until I left home and started working, my cine hobby was restricted to a lowly 9.5mm Pathe Ace and renting 9.5mm silent films at 2 shillings a clip for a weekend. The prospect of ever owning a sound projector seemed light years away!
-------------------- The best of all worlds- 8mm, super 8mm, 9.5mm, and HD Digital Projection, Elmo GS1200 f1.0 2-blade Eumig S938 Stereo f1.0 Ektar Panasonic PT-AE4000U digital pj
posted September 03, 2015 04:58 AM
As Paul and Graham have both pointed out, you would have had to have been a very wealthy individual indeed to pursue this hobby to any kind of level many of us do today.
It's still not cheap now, but even us mere mortals can now afford some of the very best of what is still out there compared to back then, when it was a million miles beyond reach.
-------------------- "C'mon Baggy..Get with the beat"