I've had 3 stints at this hobby in my lifetime although two contain blurred lines.
By the time I was 7 in 1973, I had my first projector, before that, I had a fascination with those toy slide projectors that had strips of cartoon slides on them to push and pull through the lamphouse.
As I've said before, I got for Christmas that year a Casdon Standard 8mm silent toy projector with no rewind facility and a 6v motorcycle bulb to illuminate the screen.
No shutter was fitted to this projector either.
By 10years of age I had my first dual gauge silent grown up projector.
By 11 years. of age I got my first Super 8mm sound projector and sound films for yet another Christmas present .
I then after a few years drifted away from the hobby with my attentions and other interests began to take precedence over my love for film and film projectors.
Namely Football, Music and DJ Gear and girls!..
Not always necessarily in that order either!
Quite a few years of this lifestyle ensued before one day well into my early 20's but not yet married, I suddenly got the urge to look up my old hobby once again.
By this time it was towards the late 80's.
Jubilee Film library where I'd previously always visited as a youngster had moved across the road in A.U.L. to a much bigger shop than I had memories of and Cyril the owner told me the only Super 8mm film he still had left (new) was Disney's 400ft extract of The Black Hole.
He was clearing his old stock so I got it for £5.
By this time Cyril of Jubillee Films was solely a VHS video cassette dealer.
Feeling somewhat disheartened yet still very much riddled with nostalgia, I asked Cyril if there were any dealers still left selling cine film?
He told me of a company in the Midlands that were still dealing in film called Derann!
He gave me their address and phone number. (No internet back then let's not forget!)
As soon as I was home I phoned the number and spoke to a very polite voice on the other end of the phone that suddenly began to make me realize that chasing this childhood nostalgic interest further, was not a complete waste of time as I first thought.
Within a few weeks I had catalogues and pamphlets galore all over the bedroom just full of ideas of what I could still buy on Super 8mm both new and used.
It was just so exciting!!
Let's not forget, we hadn't even begun to hit the Derann heydays by this stage!
From these exciting new revelations, I drove in a heartbeat down to Dudley in my car and purchased quite a few of the brand new Universal double digests they had on their shelves that day.
I bought 1200ft reels, lamps, card boxes, splices, cine film, film cleaner and just about anything else I thought would be useful to me in the future within the restraints of the money I had on me on that day.
That was it! I was smitten!!
From then on it was one film after another, one ST 1200 after another and the dream of one day finally owning a GS 1200 with f1.0 lens.
In those days Derann got their hands on hundreds of different projectors each year, but each time, all the very best went usually before their 2nd hand list dropped through your letterbox!
Before this ever materialized and in the early 90's life had moved on for me. I was
A house owner, a new husband and in the not too distant future, a new Dad.
I wanted by 98, the best digital av equipment I could afford.
Given the above, I was left with no choice than to sell it all back to Derann if I wanted to continue to enjoy the big screen adding more and more fresh titles.
DVD and their players was now a realistic and viable alternative, or so I thought, and that was therefore the avenue I pursued.
This continued right up until the closure of Derann ironically.
Then I was at an even more different stage of life and there were many many unfilled ambitions upon hearing this very sad news regarding Derann.
By now my kids were all but adults within their own rights and I went for it, while I still had one last ounce of a chance of finding all I had previously drooled over but never had the opportunity to own.
That was some six years ago now and I'm still at it, loving every minute of my on going daily searches.
So all in all, since the very humble beginnings all those years ago looking at my mum's Kay's catalogue at the images of that toy projector, 45 years have passed.
My interest today, is stronger than ever and this hobby, no matter how many times you may turn your back on it, or take knock backs from it, it simply gets in your blood for a lifetime! ...enjoy the journey!!😊😊