The CINEFLASH Projector.
Cineflash Filmstrip Projector.Advertised in English Comics circa 1948.Made by CINEFLASH Ltd,44 Fulham Road,London,SW3. Handle contains a 4.5volt battery. The beginning of my love affair with film and projectors!
I'd pester the projectionist at the Crystal Palace Theatre,for film cuttings.Once he gave me a bit of a "Mighty Mouse" cartoon.That was a great day.
Eventually,an adult offered me a pound for the BING.I've always had a weakness for money,so I took the offer-and found myself projectorless.
The beautiful BING!
Once conversant with the wee machine's clockwork motor and film-feed system,I demonstrated the DUX CINE to a cousin who had ideas about becoming a projectionist.
"I thought you had a REAL projector",he sneered.
Well and truly put down,I shelved the little DUX. I wasn't despondent for long though,I had a "Plan B".
In upper Queen Street,Auckland, there was an nifty outfit called SLY's LTD. They dealt in footwear and photographic gear.They were,in fact,the New Zealand agents for PATHESCOPE of England,the well known makers of 9.5mm cine equipment. For some weeks I'd been admiring a PATHESCOPE "ACE" projector sitting in the display window of this shop. It seemed to have all the features a young film buff could want. I really lusted after this machine,I HAD to own one. I told my parents of my aspirations.Mum said,"quite right dear" but my father,very unreasonably,said I couldn't have an ACE until I'd learnt Theorem 8 and turned sixteen.Bugger!
I waited and waited,and on my 16th birthday I got off down to SLY's where my trembling hands took possession of a brand new PATHESCOPE "ACE" and a 60ft film about Spitfires.
What a Happy Birthday!