Paul's 16mm Film Collecting Main Page
16mm film was introduced in 1923 for use by amateurs. It quickly caught on as a convenient medium for educational films. When television came along, it became the medium of choice for distributing television programs and movies for television broadcast. Its usage has declined with the introduction of the much cheaper videotape.
Though there were many well known Hollywood
productions distributed on 16 mm, it was mostly used for educational,
training and industrial films. These films have no commercial
market for the studios, but capture an important slice of the history
of the 20th century. A number of collectors are preserving these
There is a wonderful presence of a projected
film that video, no matter how technically perfect, can never
match. you are seeing the same piece of film, shown in the same
way that it was shown decades ago. OK, it may have more scratches
and the color may be more faded, but that only enhances the
experience. It can also be fun to recreate the experience that we
had seeing films in school by showing classic educational films in our
children's schools or Cub Scout
Check out my new page on Film Preservation Basics.
Many thanks to all of you who bought films
from me. I currently don't have any others ready for sale, but I
might in a few months.
Go to My School Film Archives Page
The Film Prayer (found in a film can)
Go to my new Projector
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