Jollyfilm Pocket Movie by Peak
hand held movie player, made in England around 1956 works by allowing the
user to hand-crank a small loop of 8mm film around whilst looking through the
lens. A film loop gives about 4 seconds of animation.
On the side of the box are the following words,
"Your Jollyfilm is the only
pocket-movie in the world. Made with plastic and metal materials, it is
very sturdy and yet so light that it may be handled easily even by a
child. Equipped with special powerful lens suitable for any sight, it
practically ensures a perfect cinema vision".
The maker on the box is Peak Film Productions (J.S.
Frieze & CO. LTD.) 37 Devonshire St. London W1.
The box also states, "Exclusive
manufacture & distribution under licence & British Patent No. 34459"
There were over 200 'Jollyfilms' available, the box
give the details, "Animated cartoons,
comic scenes, animals, sport, religion, adventures, movie stars and
scenes, personalities, educational, variety and a vast collection of
subjects to interest people of all ages."
On the bottom of the box it says, "Right Eye", which
may mean there were both right and left eyed models?
The film supplied with this model shows Queen Elizabeth
II meeting some dignitaries.
A GAF Double-Vue Movie Player
Made at a time when GAF were trying to find alternative products to their
View-Master range, these movie viewers used cartridges that contain two
continuous loop mini-movies. They have no soundtrack, not that you would
be able to hear it over the clatter of the film advance mechanism anyway!
Powered by 1 AA size battery.
A GAF Cinemaster from France. The
title reads "The Black Hole"