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by Grahame L. Newnham

Having produced extensive lists of most of the 9.5mm cine camaras and projectors marketed over the years from the early 1920s through to the 1980s or so when home movies had really gone into decline with the onslaught of video; I have suddenly realised that we don't have lists of the various accessories necessary for the making and showing of cine films.

So herewith is the beginnings of another equipment section on my web-pages. Splicers, rewinders, exposure meters, titlers, sound attachments and other gadgets come to mind; so here they are; grouped by manufacturer - early days up to the 1970s or 1980s I guess. Incidentally, makers' names and addresses are from the time when these products were available - most details are unlikely to be correct today! (The sound attachments are now in a separate list - gln Nov2015)

Sadly few if any of the items listed below are available to buy new these days, but maybe some will turn up at cine fairs, car boot sales, on that internet auction site e-bay and maybe even on my (this) web-site sales lists!

All corrections, errors, omissions etc. are gratefully accepted. Please contact me, Grahame Newnham at:- presto @ (no spaces in actual email address)

PATHÉSCOPE / PATHÉ-BABY Pathé-Baby, Paris, France
Pathéscope Ltd., Lisle Street, London, WC2, UK (originally)
Pathéscope (Great Britain) Ltd, North Circular Road, Cricklewood, UK

We had better start with the originators of the 9.5mm film format, although some of their accessories were perhaps not the best. In the 1920s onwards, the equipment was made in France. Once Pathéscope had their own UK factory at Cricklewood some equipment was manufactured or assembled over here. After the second world war more production was in the UK.

Because of the size this list looks to be becoming, I decided Pathé / Pathéscope accessories will be on a separarte list - watch this space, as they say! (gln 10Oct2015)

ACTINA Actina Ltd., 10 Dane Street,
High Holborn, London W.C.1

Actina were certainly active in the 1950s, as a teenager I remember the various cine items that they distributed, including many items for the 9.5mm film gauge. Look further down this page for Ditmar and Muray items for starters. I think the French made 'Posso' cine spools were also distributed by Actina - so also look furtther down the page for these. Actina marketed some products under their own name. Certainly the aluminium cine spools, although probably made for them in France, were marked 'Actina', hence I have addded a section for themselves here.

Actina advert in the Amateur cine world magazine dated Jan 1956

I used to buy the plastic 9.5mm spools and cases from a local shop, until Pathéscope introduced their new spools (made by Marguet in France I think). There are a few Actina 9.5mm aluminium spools in my collection, mostly lurking in projector boxes. I just didn't like the plain metal finish, as the Pathéscope 'easiload' ones although metal, were finished in grey or brown crackle paint.

Actina 9.5mm 400 foot / 120 metre aluminium spool, 'easiload' centre
(these are similar to the later Pathéscope ones - probably made by Marguet in France)

  CECOL Distributed by:-
Actina Ltd. 10 Dane Street,
High Holborn, London WC1

Amateur Cine World magazine Feb 1950

Just remembered 'Cecol' cine spools when I spotted this Actina advert in the ACW magazine. The larger spools were fine for 16mm, but the 400ft aluminium 9.5mm and 16mm spools, although taking a good 400ft of film, had rather small centres, tending to make film ends a bit curly! Hence I don't normally use them. Maybe these were made in the UK in the days when we actually manufactured things!

  CINECRAFT Cinecraft Supplies Ltd.,
246a Green Lanes, London N.13

Cinecraft Supplies I believe were trading from the 1930s, supplying various accessories for the amateur movie enthusiast. As we see from the advertisement below, certainly film rewinders, a titling outfit and I recall, a range of projection spools. The film rewinders were later distributed by Pathéscope in the UK and these maybe actually bore the Pathéscope name at one time.

Advert in the Amateur Cine World magazine November 1956

Illustration in the Harold B. Abbott book "The Complete 9.5mm Cinematographer"
the Cinecraft rewinds, distributed by Pathéscope - mid. 1930s
(some design changes and a better base by 1956!)

CYLDON Sydney S. Bird & Sons Ltd.,
Poole, Dorset, UK

Reading back numbers of the Amateur Cine world magazine I realised that 'spools' are definitely classified as a cine accessory, so decided to begin to include them in these lists. The British made 'Cyldon' cine spools have always seemed popular - many films on all gauges seem to turn up mounted on these aluminium spools. Manufactured down here in Poole, near Bournemouth, I recall the company Sydney S. Bird also made many thousands of TV convertors when the commercial television channel arrived in the late 1950s.

Amateur Cine World advert Feb1956

I have never liked these spools because the centre of the 200 foot and 400 foot reels is far too small a diameter. It tends to give the end of a film too much 'curl', and when used as the take-up spool often gives too much 'pull' or in some cases doesn't take-up properly at the start of a film. At least they are quite sturdy and being aluminium tend to survive rusting although they can suffer a type of corrosion if stored in a damp atmosphere. Being non-magnetic, they can be used with magnetically striped films. Personally, I try to avoid them, except for the 800 foot versions, useful in 9.5mm and 16mm.

A quick 'google' shows that the company began in the 1930s, based in Enfield, Middlesex, making walkie-talkie radios and general electronic equipment. They also made various toys using the brand name 'Cyldon', including toy cookers, washing machines and steam engines! After the war they moved in 1953 to new factories in Poole, Dorset. Eventually they were employing more than 1000 workers. The range of electronic products now included electronic organs, which with the 'beat craze' of the 1960s, became big sellers along with guitar amplifiers. A range of companies were formed to produce echo-sounders, radar, marine communincation equipment and even car radios with brands such as Radiomobile and Motorola. A long way from aluninium movie spools!

Sadly in March 1981 the receivers were called in - no doubt cheaper foreign imports had put paid to yet another UK manufacturing group.

DEKKO Dekko Cameras Ltd, Telford Way,
East Acton, London W3, UK

Produced 400 foot rewinders for 9.5mm, well for all the gauges; also a 1600 foot version for 16mm - advertised from about 1949 (still not found an example)

Amateur Cine World magazine advert - June1949

Dekko also produced their own 9.5mm cine spools, 300 foot / 100 metre; sturdy, well made aluminium, with footage markings and brass centre sleeve.
Maybe just for 9.5mm, I haven't spotted any for the other gauges yet. Not sure if these were produced just pre-war; post-war or both.

9.5mm 300 foot / 100 metre cine spool
(I have two, both fitted to my Dekko 9.5mm projectors)

Dekko also produced quite neat rewinders - sold separately or on a rewind bench with one geared head and an idler head.

Dekko 9.5mm geared rewind head - looks like it takes up to 900foot / 300metre spools
(thanks so much to Nat Bocking for this photo!)

  DITMAR Distributed in the UK by Actina Ltd
- 1930s and 1950s

An Austrian company that made some rather nice cine cameras and projectors; I do have one of their splicers, perhaps there are other Ditmar cine accessoriess?

The Ditmar tri-gauge (8mm / 9.5mm / 16mm ) film cement type splicer,
(model 2230), reviewed in the January 1939 Amateur Cine World magazine.
This is a later version, earlier ones had a black finish metal frame.

Actina advert in the Amateur Cine World -Jan 1956

This must be a later (post-war) model - intended for single perf. 16mm to provide for talkie prints. Obviously these were imported into the UK, and at a reasonable price for a tri-gauge splicer. Maybe I'll spot one somewhere to add to my collection!

Groupement Industriel Cinematographique, Paris, FRANCE
(founded by Marcel Beaulieu around 1949)
Distributed in the UK by Photax (London) Ltd.,
70 Charlotte Street, London W1

A French company which produced a neat cine projector and a 50 foot / 15 metre spool loading cine camera in all film gauges.

G.I.C. 9.5mm animated viewer - simple projection type, sturdy die-cast construction, screen size 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Imported to the UK, but quite rare I think (well I don't have an example, yet!)

Amateur Cine World magazine advert - December1949

HÄHNEL Kino Hähnel GmbH,
5042 Liblar Bez.
Köln, Germany

UK Distributors:

Seems the German Hähnel company must have been in business for many years, as I have just spotted a vintage Hahnel blow-lamp on ebay!
However by the 1960s or 1970s, they were well known in the field of photo/cine accessories. The company is still in business, having moved into
the electronics side of imaging - remote radio contrrolled shutter releases etc.

It was in the 1960s that Hähnel produced a clever film splicer that used a motor driven fine grinding wheel to clean the ends of the film before splicing.
I recall the grinding process produced a slighly bevelled finish, meaning the splice would be almost level, running through the projector noiselessly,
well, that's what the marketing said anyway! I seem to recall that my 8mm efforts turned out to be a bit weak, often snapping after a few showings!

However in addition to the std/super 8mm model, Hähnel produced a 9.5mm Collmatic film splicer - 'automatic scraping of both film ends with electrically driven sapphire wheel. This is the ideal splicer for 9.5mm as the whole splice is within the broad frame line and the bevelled join does not jump in projector gates and smooths the path of magnetic stripe over sound heads' - well that's what the entry in the Group 9.5 magzazine "The 9.5 Review" said in the October 1969 issue!

Hähnel Collmatic 9.5mm motorised film splicer

The innards - think it takes the U2 type batteries - must give this a try!

Advert in the Group 9.5 magazine "The 9.5 Review" October 1969


Haynor Ltd.,
19 Crawford Place,
London W1

later: 167 Greyhound Road,
London W4, UK

Haynor initially imported the French made Ferquin animated viewer in 1949, then arranged for a more modern model to be made in the UK. By 1955 both models were supplied in separate versions for 8mm / 9.5mm / 16mm.

The initial Ferquin animated viewer - the F1, must have been produced in the late 1940s - my example has a British mains plug, so presumably these were also imported to the UK. A simple affair with S.E.S. base 15 watt mains pilot lamp (240 volt for the UK!), just fits on a rewind bench - very small image through the lens, but handy for editing home movies.

Ferquin type F1 animated viewer - circa 1949

By 1949, the simple F1 animated viewer had been improved as 'Type F2' - there is an advert below; a review appeared in the January 1950 Amateur Cine World magazine. A 12volt 100 watt lamp provided enough light to illuminate a proper viewing screen. So far, I haven't come across one of these.

Amateur Cine World magazine advert - December 1949
(review in ACW Jan1950)

Review in Amateur Cine World magazine - dated March 1950

Haynor took the original French Ferquin design, improved it with a single die-casting and a slightly larger magnifying lens. Still named the F1, it just had a tiny 15 watt mains voltage 'Pygmy' bulb. I had a similar model in my youth, but this had a small mains transformer inside (a household electric bell transformer) with a push-button on/off switch and car side-light type bulb. I guess the smaller filament did give a better compact light source. But two-core mains lead of course (and two-pin plug). I used it for editing my 9.5mm efforts during my teens - not sure if it is still upstairs somewhere.... Soon, the 9.5mm model was distributed by Pathéscope in the UK.

Amateur Cine World advert - April 1955
Later, Pathéscope distributed the 9.5mm Haynorette Mk 2 animated viewer

Nice to have a proper ground glass screen, even if it is a bit small. This British made Haynorette editor Mk 2, had an in-built mains transformer (they used a standard household bell transformer!) to supply the 6 volts for a car sidelight type bayonet (B15d) bulb. Interesting, these used twin contact bulbs, 6 watt I think. I am currently upgrading my example with a push-button mains switch and three-core (earthed) cable and mains plug. I'll also try a 10 watt bulb if the transformer can cope with the small extra load! The focussing knob is obvious; for framing adjustment, just press in the prism wheel itself (it unmeshes the gears), hold the sprocket and rotate to the required position. Like the earllier F1 (or Mk 1 ) above, the 9.5mm model was distributed by Pathéscope in the UK. It is listed in the various mid 1950s Pathéscope price lists.

Haynor animated cine viewer Mk 2 - screen size 1.5 x 2 inches

The underneath, not yet fitted with a switch - sorry about the finger!

MARGUET Marguet, Paris, France

UK distributors:-
Photax (London) Ltd.,
70 Charlotte Street,
London W.1. and
R.F. Hunter Ltd.,
51 Gray's Inn Road,
London W.C.1.

A French (post-war?) company who produced rewinders and film splicers - originally for 8 / 9.5 / 16mm and later Super 8mm. On a French web-site I notice that a Ferquin animated viewer was listed as made by Marguet - can anyone confirm this perhaps? As a teenager with some pocket money, I decided maybe I should equip for all three (8mm /9.5mm /16mm) film gauges. So after much searching and deliberation I purchased a Marguet BN 'automatic' tri-gauge film splicer and Marguet tri-gauge rewinder - both new, from 9.5mm dealer Larry Pearce - later trading as LGP (Cine) - now some 55 or so years later I still have these items and still use them for certain film work! In fact the Marguet rewinder was the one used in my 'darkroom' (understairs cupboard) to wind all those thousands of feet of 9.5mm Fuji and 'Presto' (Konica) filmstock into reloads and onto camera spools!


The Marguet / Ferquin animated tri-film viewer (Visionneuse in French to you!) - just confirmed my thoughts - the photos below show the viewer was branded Ferquin, but manufactured by Marguet. Interchangeable blocks were available for 8mm / 9.5mm / 16mm - never set eyes on one though - seems they were not sold in the UK.

Spotted this Visionneuse (well, 'animated film viewer') on French e-bay - but Marguet animated viewers don't seem to have been sold in the UK


The Marguet type BN 'automatic' film splicer for 8mm/9.5mm/16mm - has built-in cutting and scraping - with a bit of practice, one of the best and easiest cement film splicers to use.

The Marguet BN 'automatic' tri-gauge film splicer
(later ones had the top finger grip in plastic)

Amateur Cine World mgazine advert - November 1950

They even managed a 'Pro-35' version for 35mm!


The Marguet type 'AN 'semi-automatic' film splicer for 8/9.5/16mm - smaller cheaper design, separate film scraper. Not the best, but was neater and cheaper. Maybe some were available in single gauge versions?.

Really just the model BN without the built-in scraper (yes - 'Colleuse' is French for 'Splicer')


Marguet Tri-gauge Film Rewinders - Gauge change by adaptors, hence adaptors can be 'home' made for even 17.5mm and 28mm spools. Handle swopped onto spindles for 3:1 geared or direct drive. On the baseboard supplied, OK for spools up to 1000 foot / 300 metres. Maybe mount on standoffs to allow 1600 foot spool capacity. Neat and useful piece of kit!

My own Marguet rewinders - these have had a fair bit of use since my teenage years!!
This set were later used for many years, winding the 9.5mm Fuji camera film in my darkroom (well cupboard!)
Arms swivel out a little to accomodate 1000 foot / 300 metre spools

Think the better 'De-Luxe' model was catalogued as the E10 - 4:1 gearing for rewinding, 1:1 for editing. There is also a brake; possibly take up to 2000 foot spools - tri-gauge with spool spindle adaptors. The bigger baseboard had room for fitting an animated viewer and splicer permanently onto the base. Just what is that metal clip for? - I unscrewed the one on my Marguet rewinders and chucked it away!

ACW magazine advert 6Dec1962 - the 'de-luxe' version on a larger base-board - says up to 2000 foot spools
- gear change must be via the lever on top - had that clip on mine, never knew what it was for (film cement perhaps?
Some minor changes since the introduction in the UK around 1950 - see advert below

Amateur Cine World magazine advert - July 1950

The Marguet E10 rewinds were reviewed in the Amateur Cine World magazine November 1950.

As a matter of accuracy, it appears the French Marguet cine accessories were imported and distributed in the UK by Photax and also by R.F. Hunter Ltd. who certainly imported the cine film splicers.

MEOPTA Meopta, Pretov,

UK distributor:
R.F. Dormer Ltd.

The Meopta Trimat cine film splicer

Meopta manufactured various cine and optical products, when under communist rule, I think R.F. Dormer imported things like the Admira 8F cine camera. Once free of communism, Meopta launched a modern 16mm sound projector, well two models I guess AS-3 optical.magnetic playback and Electronic 11 with magnetic recording. A batch of these was imported by Douglas Macintosh and the French 9.5 club eventually offered a 9.5mm conversion of these machines. Today the company has been privatised, making optical items like binoculars and telescopes etc. But see Wikipedia for much more useful information! I recall that Meopta did make a 9.5mm cine projector - the Jubilar I think - I must update my equipment lists!

Recently I came across a new Meopta Trimat film splicer. I believe some of these were included with the 16mm Meopta projectors. I think the later Trimat splicers were for Super8mm / std 8mm and 16mm. I have yet to check if the one I have is a later Super 8mm model or will take 9.5mm. I have just tried it with 9.5mm, but as I have just noticed the film test length is probably reperforated, hence it will have 16mm perforation pitch, and so the splicer works, but probably not with normal 9.5mm film! Naturally I would have preferred to get the 16mm projector with the splicer, although I guess the sheer weight means it may well have been consigned to a local tip!

Anyhow, an interesting novelty, obvious copied from the excellent Marguet BN. Photos below:

Meopta Trimat tri-gauge film splicer, but this model may be Super8mm / std 8mm / 16mm

  MIDAS Camera-Projectors Limited,
Bush House, London, WC2, UK

Midas was the name given to a rather ingenious, but not really practical, 9.5mm combined cine camera and projector. (See Non-Pathe equipment pages for details)
Eventually a super-attachment was offered for the thing to actually run 300 foot / 100 metre spools. I have just a Midas 9.5mm 300 foot spool whilst sorting bioxes!

9.5mm Midas 300 foot / 100 metre projection spool - probably quite rare!

MURAY Actina Ltd. 10 Dane Street,
High Holborn, London WC1

Another (post-war?) French company whose cine products included splicers, rewinders and animated viewers.
Generally imported and distributed in the UK by Actina Ltd.


The Muray CA9.5 'automatic' 9.5mm cement film splicer was also supplied in models for 8mm / eventually Super 8mm / and maybe 16mm
- a little similar to the Marguet splicer, but separate model for each gauge and film trimming is done separately to the joining - maybe supplied
originally in the 1950s, but was still on sale in the UK into the 1980s - in fact I had a new batch for sale until very recently- now all sold - sorry! (gln Aug2016)

Muray CA9.5 'automatic' cement film splicer


Muray Rewinders type EM (suffix 2V for twin speeds) - up to 400 foot / 120 metre spools, just arms or with baseboard

Muray Rewinders type W - heavy duty - up to 1000 foot / 300 metre spools, twin geared rewind arms, for 8mm / 9.5mm / 16mm
arms take up to 1000 foot spools - 1600 foot or more if mounted on 1 inch standoffs. Adaptors on spindles for gauge change.

A Muray type W rewind arm - top screw is for tension adjustment - arms fold down for storage;
swivel inwards for neater 400 foot / 120 metre spool usage.


The Muray 9.5mm animated viewer model M or MHB - think the MHB had a metal shade and brighter screen. Probably mid. 1950s on.
Versions for 8mm / 9.5mm / 16mm.

Muray 9.5mm animated viewer type M - Just a small image

Think this is the Muray viewer model MHB (ACW advert - June 1956)


The Muray Luxe 9.5mm animated viewer was a larger version of the MHB - decent size screen, pilot lamp,
also supplied in 8mm and 16mm models. Rewinders and baseboard included, or as extras. Still available up to the mid. 1960s.
(Uses a B15/s base A1/165 25 volt 25 watt main lamp and a 25 volt 6 or 3 watt festoon pilot lamp - see my sales lists )

Specialist 9.5mm dealer D.M. Bentley advert in The 9.5 Review Oct/Nov 1964

Here we can see the Muray type W rewind arms, adaptors for each film size, handle pushes in/out for speed change
the animated viewer behind is a model Luxe but this I think, is a later model, with an even larger screen.

The Muray 'de-luxe' viewer instruction booklet (check my sales lists for suitable lamps)


The Kinay 8/16 9.5mm animated viewer was introduced in the 1960s - a plastic moulded integral case with lid,
up to 400 foot / 120 metre spools, built-in rewind. A neat idea - picture not bad. Obviously mainly 8mm & 16mm versions.
Mechanism is an interchangeable block - available separately for each film size. Lid contains little moulded sections
for use holding film clips whilst editing; back of the case has spaces for bottle of film cement and mains lead storage.
Lhs red button mains on/off; red edge screw on mechanism, focussing; those on bottom for adjusting the internal mirrors.
The top grey cover on the mechanism plate pulls off for access to the lamp for replacement and/or adjusting,
whilst the lower grey plastic (earlier metal!), moulding pulls out for gate, revolving prism & lens cleaning. (A cotton bud is ideal).
Although the fitted mains lead is two-core, there is really nothing to earth - all plastic!
Two screws hide in the storage areas at the rear to remove the back cover - useful for cleaning the various mirrors.
I notice the lamp transformer on this example is correctly marked 240 volts for the UK.
(Lamp is a special 6 volt 11 watt MES (E10) base tubular bulb marked 'Mazda'. Maybe worth a QI conversion -
M29 6 volt 10 watt lamp or maybe brighter 20 watt or so, if cooling OK and transformer is happy)

Pinched this photo quickly off the internet - this model uses a special 6 volt 11 watt MES lamp
worth converting to a modern QI type. Handle is on the side by the way! Mine works quite well.

A single screw allows the mechanism plate to be withdrawn, leaving the lamp base in-situ. I have a std 8mm mechanism,
just slides in and the screw replaced. I assume there must have been adaptors on the spool arms for the other film gauges.

Muray Kinay 8mm mechanism block (for some reason they have included a spare lamp holder)


The Muray Teleray 9.5mm animated viewer is a nice piece of kit - big, bright picture - essential for editing films!
It takes 400 foot / 120 metre spools and has interchangeable mechanism blocks sinilar to (but not the same as), the Kinay 8/16.
As the Kinay, taking off the lower grey cover on the mechanism block gives the chance to clean the gate, rotating prism
and part sides of the condenser and main lens. The spool arms fold back to reduce the size a bit, but this is quite a beast!
There is a built-in fan just behind the lamp to keep everything reasonably cool.
Removal of the upper cover (marked Teleray) reveals the odd 12 volt 35 watt special QI Mazda lamp. The lamp base
is metal sliding into the electrical connections. Maybe a problem to fit an alternative QI G4 lamp base!
Measured voltage on load appears to be around 13 volts AC - this won't do the lamp life a lot of good!
The screen on my example must have got broken, so there is some tissue paper behind the new glass - a bit wrinkled
too - (like me these days!), but can't yet see how to get into the innards. It does work though .....

Quite a late arrival on the 9.5mm cine scene - advert in the December 1971 Group 9.5 "The 9.5 Review"


Muray Titray 8 Cine Film Title Outfit - stand, lights, wipes, rotating titles, running titles, close-up lens, titling letters etc. Had wanted one since I was a teenager. Just need some filmstock now to play with the thing! Yes - got it recently on e-bay - reliving my teens I guess! No need for the close-up lens - ingeneously, the camera lens is unscrewed (std 8mm "D" mount) then refitted to the camera through the stand - this aperture is exactly the thickness to set the lens focus for the camera to title distance - very clever. This may just work for similar 9.5mm cine cameras - the "H"; "National 11" and "Prince" all have interchangeable screw mount lenses - the same thread as std 8mm (well Pathé were by far the first to use what they called 'Pathé "H" mount' - which later became the std 8mm "D" mount.). I can see I need to do some tests!

As a teenager I had always wanted a cine titler -
OK I used 9.5mm but this one was fine for 9.5mm as well,
& I think 'Centre Sprocket' in the Amateur Cine World
amateur movie magazine had mentioned using one.

PHOTAX Photax (London) Ltd
70 Charlotte Street,
London, W.1.

Another UK company that distributed photographic products. Certainly in business in the 1950s and 1960s.

Advert in the Amateur Cine World magazine December 1950

Photax Film Viewer - circa 1950 - this one has 'Photax 9.5' marked on it

I spotted this cine film viewer on ebay a few weeks ago - no bids - so naturally I had to have it! I had never seen one before, not sure even how the film fitted! Low and behold, this morning I spot the Photax advert in the 1950 A.C.W. magazine and all is revealed! The aperture is only wide enough for 8mm and 9.5mm films, I guess there was a separate model for 16mm. This example actually has 'Photax 9.5' marked on the metal sleeve. Seems to work quite well, so it looks like it may be quite useful! A good sharp image too. (gln22June2018)

POSSO Distributed in the UK by:-
Actina Ltd. 10 Dane Street,
High Holborn, London WC1

Another (pre and post-war?) French company whose cine products included plastic, aluminium and metal/plastic spools.
Generally imported and distributed in the UK by Actina Ltd.

I had forgotten Posso until I came across a 9.5mm 50ft / 15m plastic spool with some French stuff. Yes! it looks just like the Pathéscope spools that the processed 9.5mm films were returned on from the mid 1950s onwards. No doubt Pathéscope got theirs made by Posso in France. I think there were also 100 foot / 30 metre similar grey plastic 9.5mm spools. Later a range of 200 foot / 60 metre and 400 foot / 120 metre 9.5mm cine spools were imported.

In fact, for a while I had a small stock of new 9.5mm 200 foot and 400 foot spools and cans on my sales lists. Those were the days!

French 'Posso' 9.5mm 50 foot / 15 metre and 100 foot / 30 metre 9.5mm plastic spools

French 'Posso' 9.5mm 200 foot / 60 metre aluminium spool & can

French 'Posso' 9.5mm 400 foot / 120 metre mettalo / plastic spool & case

A quick 'google' shows that 'Posso' used to make little scales, for weighing letters before posting. Later in France they distributed lens filters etc., camera carry straps, tripods, flash guns and other photo accessories, including 35mm colour slide storage boxes and viewers. . Seems they also offered a tape splicer similar to the later CIR product. I myself used to like their 8mm / Super 8mm film spools, including the larger 600 foot and 800 foot / 240 metre varieties - don't remember seeing any larger 9.5mm Posso spools that big though! More recently their plastic mouldings have included video and tape cassette storage boxes, but I think not distributed in the UK.

PREMIER Robert Rigby Ltd., Premier Works,
Northington Street, London WC1

Premier was (is) mainly linked to film / cinema professional users. Their accessories probably began in the 1950s - film splicers, rewinders, strong projector stands etc. all decent metal castings, handles, spindles and bearings designed for hard use and long life. However some products were for the top end amateur user, so that a splicer and rewinds were available for the 9.5mm user.

Christmas advert in the December 1954 Amateur Cine World magazine

Premier Film Splicer Universal Model - (16/9,5/8mm) - sturdy well made splicer, but quite heavy - ideal for continuous use!
This company always called their film splicers 'film joiners'! I suppose that is exactly what a film splicer does!

This is the 'de-luxe' Premier model, possibly similar to the 'Universal'


Premier Film Rewinder - Universal Model (16/9.5/8mm) - adaptors for each film size - but main spindle too large for 9.5mm, so adaptors stick out a bit.

ACW advert - Sept 1955 - 9.5mm adaptors shown in illustration
one arm geared, baseboard supplied separately

Amateur Cine World weekly - (new format series) advert - 14October1965


Premier Film Inspection Viewere - A simple non-animated viewer with magnifier. Just a mains lamp in the base I think - suitable for all film gauges really.
See the illustration in the advert above. Not seen one myself yet.


By the way Premier Equipment is still available to order new - the company now run by Robert Rigby's son Philip - web-site at:-

Philip Rigby and Sons Ltd | Homepage

Premier can supply Geared Rewinders (one arm geared) at around £305 plus £38 for each 9.5mm adaptor - contact them direct for a quote (stuff is made to order)

  ROSS ENSIGN Ross Ensign Limited,
Clapham Common, London

Originally Barnett-Ensign, well known for their excellent lenses and still cameras. Products were originally badged 'Ensign', then in the early 1950s I guess, now badged 'Ross Ensign'. As 'Ensign' in the 1930s, in addition to various still cameras they began manufacturing cine accessories - rewinders, spools and film splicers. They produced two cement type film splicers - the "Popular" in separate models for 8mm, 8.5mm and 16mm. There was also an upmarket "Universal" to suit all three film gauges. I myself started with a 9.5mm "Popular" around 1957, purchased when the company had closed down and Wallace Heaton were selling off these splicers at 9/6d each - wow!

The "Popular" 9.5mm film splicer - maybe 1930s on -this is a 'modern' example from the 1950s

The "Universal" - 8mm /9.5mm /16mm looks great but more difficult to use

Whilst I have come across adverts for film rewinders in the 1930s, I haven't seen rewinders included in later adverts of the 1940s and 1950s. Maybe they were phased out after WW2. In fact I have never yet come across a set of Ensign rewinds - there's still time!

Amateur Cine World magazine advert -July 1939

In the 1930s Ensign manufactured cine spools - in 9.5mm there were 200 foot / 60 metre and 400 foot / 120 metre versions,
in aluminium with the maker's name clearly included in the spool sides! There was a flip down clip to secure the film.

9.5mm 200 foot / 60 metre and 400 foot / 120 metre cine spools

  SPECTO Specto Ltd., Farnham Royal, Bucks, UK
from 1938: Vale Road, Windsor, UK
(founded 1935 by Czech: J. Danek)

Well known UK projector manufacturer, later into cameras, slide projectors etc. But yes they did supply a 9.5mm film splicer- I do have one!

Really no idea of the date - can't find it listed in catalogues, but let's guess 1950s...... (box says 'foreign'!)



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