Toys of the Seventies, Super-8 Movie Projectors

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The perfect toy for a nerdy kid, before VCRs came along. You could buy cartoons on 8mm/Super-8 film from K-Mart, or very short versions of movies such as "Action in the North Atlantic" or "War of the Worlds." Silent, black & white images. We had a Bell & Howell 8mm projector that I called the "Blowtorch 9000" because the bulb put out enough heat to earn its own solar system, and the film would instantly melt if it ever got jammed.
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Rob Lambert - January 01, 2016 - Report this comment
For this topic, I'll focus on the 1969 Sears wishbook as reference. Super 8 equipment was not designed for sound production or projection, only silent. Sears offered a generic line, starting with a cheap-looking projector for $100. A film editing machine was $15. Film was $3 to $5, depending on length and quality. a low-quality camera was another $100. Replacement lamp for projector was $5. Optional screen was $10. You could also watch the old Castle Films from the 1940s and '50s on these. Developing was another $4 per roll.

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