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Tom Photiou
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As a relatively new collector to 16mm i just wanted to ask what may be a scilly question, i wont getting that many of these films but i want to ensure i dont put too much stress on the bottom ones, i know they need to be laid flat but how many films do you boys and girls say would be a reasonable stack to store them please, as you can see i have spread mine out to what i feel is correct but i have seen some images where they are stacked 10 or more. [Wink]

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Maurice Leakey
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My 16mm features live on steel racks, arranged for each shelf to hold twelve single spools in, usually, cardboard boxes.
Of course, stored horizontally.

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Tom Photiou
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I have mine on single shelve,
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Hopefully i may be able to place a couple more on top except where card boxes are used?

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Jim Schrader
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If one has a lot of titles wouldn’t it be easier to store them vertically for easier access? How did tv stations store entire seasons of series?

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Tom Photiou
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i did wonder about this but,(i could be wrong here),i have read that with 16mm films the weight of the film can cause sagging, hence why ive laid them flat [Wink]

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Maurice Leakey
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Horizontal is the preferred way. Here's a pic of the shelves at the BFI archive at Berkhamsted.
https://silentlondon.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/bfiarchive.jpg

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Jim Schrader
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 - posted January 29, 2018 11:38 AM      Profile for Jim Schrader   Author's Homepage   Email Jim Schrader   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ok I guess I’ll be changing mine.

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Tom Photiou
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Blimy thats a great archive. To think there are peopke with that many films in there collection.

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Tom Photiou
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Blimy thats a great archive. To think there are peopke with that many films in there collection.

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