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From 3eyes:

“The HotCam is a manual control (not remote control), toy car with an onboard (driver’s view) video camera and microphone. The HotCam car enables children to record certain ‘scenes’ in their own stories. The children can then ‘play’ their captured scenes through a television in chronological order. In this way HotCam stories can be shared with parents, siblings and friends, and children can re-experience their stories.”

Go to 3eyes to see the HotCam videos by these kids.

I was leafing through the final print issue of No Depression magazine and noticed an ad promoting musician Chuck Prophet’s new album. I can’t vouch for the music, but I dig the Super 8 camera.

Chuck Prophet / Soap and Water

I present to you the Project-A-Graph, an ill-fated film projector produced by Duplex Motion Picture Industries, Inc. in the early 1920s.

The Project-A-Graph

The Project-A-Graph projector ran 11.5mm wide film, akin to 9.5mm film – with the sprocket hole in the center of the frame to maximize the picture area.  It was just one offering among many similarly doomed film gauges intended to put a more affordable, standardized safety film (non-flammable) into schools and churches.  Unfortunately, it ran up against the efforts of Kodak, whose 16mm film quickly became ubiquitous across the land.

Below is a frame enlargement from a rare 11.5mm film containing promotional material about the Project-A-Graph and Duplex.  A few home movies also exist in a large collection, likely shot on a prototype camera.

11.5mm film frame

I have a few vintage addresses and photos of Duplex in Brooklyn and Long Island City, so I’ll spend some future Saturday finding out whether the original buildings still stand, or else pick up a few necessities in the Rite Aids that have replaced them.

A comedian who uses found home movies in his act and educates his audience about caring for their own films? Which way to Greeley, Colorado?

See the full story here.

Home movie comedian Christopher Gannon

Home movie comedian Christopher Cannon

Flor, the Illinois-based modular carpet company that offers styles such as Take a Ribbing and On the Lamb, also includes Home Movies in their inventory. They explain that “Home Movies is the rhythmic mingling of contemporary colors and visual linear texture. Soft but tough, these movies are rated suitable for any space.”

Home Movies