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13th August

Here is a Bingoscope of a model I do not recall seeing before.


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29th July


A month ago, I told you I was waiting to test the sound on my Super Rural. Rather as I expected, the 12v 10w halogen just wasn't anywhere near bright enuff as an exciter, so I am thinking again. The original seems to have been a most unusual lamp that I have been unable to identify. It says 6v 5a, which is all well and good, except it do not look like any of the 6v 5a in any of my references. It has what, from the one reference I have found, I believe to be a B22 base, ie a bayonet cap 22mm in diameter, with 3 equally-spaced pins and two contacts on the base. It is a small globe in shape, with a filament across the top, even above the top, of the two supporting legs. It's about 35mm in diameter, 55mm tall and the filament is quite near the top, at about 47mm from the bottom of the base. The pix should clarify all this. As you can see from the discolouration, it ent much longer for this world and I would like to find some more. Any info gratefully received.


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26th July (x)


I am struggling with a Bolex DA. I have a Bolex tranny, that is the size and shape of the normal resistance but weighs a ton. When I connect the two together, I connect, as always an earth, that runs from the projector to the tranny to the mains earth. The problem is that when I switch on, the auto cut-off at the mains trips out. This also happens with other transformers, though, interestingly, not every time. Running the projector without an earth, with its own tranny, the body of the projector registers live with my mains tester screwdriver, which glows red; I measured 126 volts from the machine to the tranny earth (I hope it is nearer 110v under load!). The tranny does not do this, so presumably the problem is with the projector. I have checked all the usual suspects, the brushes, the resistance, the input wires, the reversing switch and removed the lamp so it ent that. I even took the motor out, not a thing I have ever done before, and replaced some bits of wire with rotted insulation, but I have found zilch.


Interestingly, taking the motor out revealed this machine to be one with the larger motor and fan designed to take a 400w lamp, but it is not the 1937 model with the bigger shutter and the curved top to the main body of the mech. The additional fan-power takes the form of a second set of blades on the same shaft, with a sort of collar between the motor and the mech. This collar is about 2cm deep, standing the motor off from the mech body, and surrounds the outer fan except where air needs to flow to the lamphouse. Seems quite a neat adaptation to me. The inner fan is presumably the same as ever it was.


Getting the motor back in was a bugger. The hole the (four) motor wires have to pass thru is immediately below the motor, and I found it impossible to fiddle the motor and ran and collar back into place. In the end, I had to resort to brute strength and ignorance, and took a file to the hole and made it much bigger. I'm not proud of it, but it ent really visible.


But the original problem is still there.


Aside from the 28mm catalogue and the Bolex, the other thing that has absorbed my time is Le Cina Chez Soi. Been trying to remove some of the worst pages of the old scans by photo-shopping or re-scanning, then converting each Issue to a pdf.


24th July


Volume 3 of my 28mm catalogue is with the printer, awaiting a proof copy before final printing. Here are a couple of pages.


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It will cost 10 plus postage. What it does, alongside Vols 1&2, is to complete a listing of all the films that appeared in the three editions of the Pathescope Inc catalogue and then cross reference them with those catalogues, two Victor/UPFC catalogues and, where I have been able to make the match, the comprehensive list of 35mm Path releases compiled by Henri Bousquet.


17th July


The silence in response to my invitation for volunteers to scan, for example, Pathescope Monthly into digital form for preservation and distribution has been deafening.

I have added the first Issue of Cina Chez Soi in pdf form on the CCS page.


8th July 2014(X)


In accordance with my usual butterfly mentality I have been focussing for a few days on a different area, and I thought I would share this with you. Incidentally, isn't "share" a wonderfully weaselly word, sounding friendly and open and participative when, of course, no-one has much choice, little chance of input and less of having their views appreciated. Here in Cinerdistan, however, we really mean it (Honest!). Actually, I have a classic opportunity for someone to get involved in a bit of work I think needs doing, but more of that later.


What I have been doing is trying to complete the task of scanning all the pre-war (and a couple during-the-war) editions of Le Cina Chez Soi, the nearest English equivalent being Pathescope Monthly/Gazette. I think CCS is a much better mag than PMG being a) bigger, and b) while not escaping the smug, self-satisfied condescension of Pathescope UK, at least has some technical and other material of interest, largely absent from PMG. The French also go overboard when it comes to smarming around politicians. Anyway, that is mostly diatribe by way of introduction.


As the observant will know, I scanned a great many Issues of CCS a while back and made them available on DVD-Rom (too much to fit on a CD). This was possible thanks to Grahame Newnham, who made many Issues available and Pat Moules, who began to acquire copies. These DVD's were far from complete, with many issues missing but my own efforts have been greatly supplemented by Pat and by Mikael Barnard, who have both acquired full or virtually full paper sets.


This brings us of course to a very basic question; is it worth doing this? I tend to the view that the archiving and preservation of ephemera, in which I include CCS, PMG and adverts, instructions and repair and repair manuals for projectors and other mags like Home Movies and Home Talkies, Amateur Cine World, Amateur Cine Enthusiast, 9.5 and possibly many others, is sadly neglected. I suppose I must be influenced a lot by my interest in projectors; there are virtually no books (for every book about projectors there are at least one gazillion about films) and I value any source of info. You see the same sort of urge in my work on 28mm catalogues (still unfinished) and things like the PathFrench 1928 catlog (available on disc) and the various stuff like early English catlogs wot I hav put on this site. I sometimes wonder what the point is, since cine as we have known it is gone, and when the rest of us BOFs (Boring Old expletive deleteds) have gone, there will be virtually no-one interested. I spose at the end of the day it's just another aspect of the cine bug and anyway, I actually get a lot of enjoyment out of it, mostly to do with the challenge of achieving decent digital copies from elderly and decrepit paper copies.


There are many problems of scanning/digitisation, but I thought I would just show you some of what can be done (ignoring for now any question of if it should be done and whether digital fiddling is legitimate). And indeed, some of the limits to what can be done. I have usually kept before and after pix, tho' sometimes I missed. I am particularly proud of the ones where great strips of a cover picture were missing. Since then, naturally, I have had access to better copies.........


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All this is, of course, extremely time-consuming, even with the use of cribs and templates such as below. I use an old programme called ArcSoft Photo Studio, which does all I want with the sole exception that it will not rotate pictures by less than a whole degree. As the original printing, let alone the scanning, is often out of kilter, I have to turn to Adobe Photoshop for this operation. I have mentioned elsewhere the particular problem of some of the very early Supplements to the French catlog. Other examples can be found with PMG.


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Finally, here is a complete very late Issue; there were also a 119 and 120, which I do not yet got (scans awaited).


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Anyway, I said at the beginning that there would be opportunities for you to get involved. So who is going to volunteer to take on the scanning of Pathescope Monthly? Or other mags and material? You can use pix I've already done as a starter......



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