OK. I'm equivocating on this one. I admit it. I keep thinking that things like this are historical. I mean, not only have my kids never
If that isn't historical, I don't know what is. Apparently, there were studios, or production companies, that would copy old movie shorts onto 8 mm and 16 mm film, suitable for use with a home movie projector.
I remember home movies, of course. My dad used to take them at the drop of an occasion, committing our lives to record.
He had years worth recorded long before he could afford to buy a projector. We would take them to other peoples' houses, most often my grandparents' place, to show when they would announce that they were having a movie night.
Then after we could afford the projector, we would still take them to movie night. Partly because it was more fun with more people and partly because Grandma and Grandpa had a screen and we didn't.
I was in junior high before he bought a screen. He told us it was a special kind. It wasn't white with a scattering of glassy sand on it. It was grey with a special pattern. It was lenticular. It was to be handled With Care. So we were mildly proud of it.
But even being proud of having a technologically advanced screen, showing movies on it weren't necessarily more fun than showing them on the wall, which was how we had to show any movies we watched at home in our non-lenticular past. Showing movies on the wall had kind of a home cooked, MacGuyver feel.
Abbot and Costello: Knights of the Bath. News Parade of the Year: 1946 and 1947. Words to conjure with.
But that's not what I'm equivocating about. Although that may be why I'm equivocating. It's this catalog and these three 8mm movies. I keep thinking that they're semi-historical and it wouldn't hurt to pack them away.
It's silly. I don't have a projector. I don't know where those three films came from. We never watched them when I was a kid. It's not them, particularly, that I'm being nostalgic about.
Oh, well. Maybe I can find somewhere to sell them. Until then, they're not taking up much space. So what if I have no projector. Watching them isn't really the point. I'll sort and toss some other things instead. I'll let you know if I ever do anything with them.