GAF Movie Viewer and others




Jollyfilm Pocket Movie by Peak Film Productions

This 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"

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