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PATHÉSCOPE ADVERTISING -
LEAFLETS & MAGAZINE ADVERTS
POST WAR (1940s - 1959)


The Pathéscope Company was formed in the UK around 1912 to market the Pathé 28mm KOK cine projector - later it continued marketing the 9.5mm home movie film gauge from 1923 through to 1964 in various forms. Here are various magazine adverts and publlcity leaflets from the UK Pathéscope companies - added as I come across these interestng items. Publicity (if dated) is always a useful guide to dating and for specifications of commercial products.

After the war it took time for Pathéscope to really get going again. The French managing director had died and the company was required to repay a proportion of war-time profits to the French parent company. Business had not been too good during the 1950s - the company was renamed Pathéscope (Great Britain) Ltd after a buy out of the French parent company share around 1957. Sadly this new company although having produced new products and extended advertising, went into receivership around late 1959.




Once Pathéscope got their act together after the war, the little "Ace" was their lifeblood- easy for them to assemble
and dealers could still shift hundreds at Christmas! (I talked to a guy who had been a Pathéscope rep. - his son had
recently started - he took him to a Co-operative Store - his son sold 600 at one hit! Yes I started movies with an "Ace"
as did people like Ken Russell etc. (I'll eventually find a few more famous names even if they are now dead!!)



Pathéscope advert from 1949




Adverts in the Amateur Cine World magazine May 1949 (the Gem had just been launched)



ACW advert Dec1949 - the 'H' and 'Gem' British made!



Advert in the Amateur Cine World "Ten Best" film competition programme (1951)
this was a really 'state-of-the-art' cine camera, but perhaps not really up to professional use




Double sided leaflet from Pathéscope, probably 1952 as they quote 40 years experience (they started about 1912)
The "Pax" was part of the French made Joinville range - a good machine except for a mazak pulley/flywheel!




Double sided leaflet from Pathéscope, maybe 1950/52 as they quote 40 years experience (they started about 1912)
A neat camera, easy magazine loading, but special bayonet mount lenses




Double sided leaflet from Pathéscope, about 1950/52 as they quote 40 years experience (they started about 1912)
An excellent nicely styled H charger loading camera - French made - superior to the "H".



Advert in Amateur Cine World magazine dated September 1953




Another double sided leaflet from Pathéscope, probably from 1953 as Kodachrome was at last availab;e for the ninefiver!


 

 




One of the first double sided neat publicity leaflets - the "Gem" was launched sometime around 1947



Early leaflet - the "Son" was introduced around 1951 I think




Another "Son" leaflet - really a "Gem" with a sound base




Along with other style sales leaflets, Pathéscope seemed to standardise on these neat double sided ones produced for each product
presumably handouts at exhibitions and for dealers, they were also enclosed with written queries etc. As a kid of about 10 or 12
I managed to accumulate lots of these souvenitrs in the 1950s! I guess this would date from around 1953 when the "Pat" was introduced


 



Amateur Cine World April 1954 - think the copy line "the big three" comes from world power talks at Teheran -Pathé Newsreel?


 



Amateur Cine World Sept 1954 - the "Pat" camera was introduced in 1953 I think, but a bit 'cheap and chearful'!



Amateur Cine World magazine advert October 1954



Amateur Cine World magazine advert December 1954



Advert in the Amateur Cine World "Ten Best" film competition programme in 1955
the excellent Pathe Webo M cine camera but with a fancy name



Amateur Cine World magazine advert - December 1955
Magnetic sound stripe was probably a good idea - I am still keen to find an example for my collection!



Amateur Cine World magazine advert - Feb1956
Whilst French made Pathé projectors (95mm & 16mm) were good -there was a 50%
import tax making UK assembled American projectors (Ampro / Bell & Howell) cheaper



Amateur Cine World magazine advert - Jan1956
(An ACW review showed that feed / take-up sprocket film loops rubbed on the projector casing!
- there was a PM95, but maybe a slight modification ....)



Amateur Cine World magazine advert - Mar1956
I think the PM series were rather better than the Joinville type Pax projector
maybe I can find something like this in 9.5mm?



Amateur Cine World magazine advert May 1956 - a stupid idea from the French Pathé parent company - double run 9.5mm! - film was run through the camera twice - making the film for projection just 4.75mm wide! - the gear had to be used on its side, and what a price! A dismal failure......



Amateur Cine World magazine advert - Dec1956



Amateur Cine World advert - August 1957
Pathéscope had just introduced a new cheaper 9.5mm colour film stock in
the UK - actually a Ferrania colour emulsion (E4) and not bad at all!


Amateur Cine World advert December 1957 - this herelded a venture into 8mm as well as 9.5mm printed films
the rights came via the E.J. Fancey group who had used some of this stuff for a cinema Chaplin Revue
(in fact the end of the Pathéscope "Shoulder Arms" is from the end of this feature film)
About this time Chaplin arrived in the UK, at an intervirew he was asked why -
"to sue that bastard Fancey for copyright infringement" he said!
I believe the Pathéscope prints were withdrawn as quickly as possible but no mention in their magazine!



Amateur Cine World magazine advert - Dec 1958
UK Pathéscope were taken over by a UK business man - hence now Pathéscope (Great Britain ) Ltd.
- launching a revamped 'Gem' in 8mm / 9.5mm / 16mm models, but that little 'Ace' was still selling at Christmas each year!



Amateur Cine World magazine advert - May 1959
UK Pathéscope had been taken over by a UK business man
hence now Pathéscope (Great Britain ) Ltd. - launching a range of new products!



Amateur Cine World magazine advert - Aug 1959 (and up to the end of the year)
the main new UK made products - a bit of a gamble with everyone now using 8mm!


       

 

 


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10May2015 - Pat/Ace advert added / 13May2015 - Duplex advert added
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