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PAILLARD 9.5mm PROJECTOR & POWER UNIT OF 1932, 1930's
The Paillard Model ‘P’ was introduced in 1932 and 9.5mm Film was introduced by Pathe’ Freres in 1922 for the amateur market. Initially intended as an inexpensive means of providing commercially made films for the home.
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It became very popular in Europe over the following decades, and more than 300,000 projectors including the Model ‘P’ were sold in England and France, and many well known films produced in the 9.5mm format.
The film has a single perforation (sprocket hole) between each frame, unlike 8mm film which has holes along the edge. The single hole allows more room for the image, which is almost as large as on 16mm film. The width of 9.5 mm was chosen because three strips of film could be made from one strip of 35 mm film. This was useful when the films needed to be copied, as only one third of the length was needed then the 35mm copy could be cut into three strips and the sprocket holes added later.
Donated by David Martin