Ball-Axt Family Films Collection

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Scope and Content Note: Commercially produced films for home viewing and a projector and accessories for viewing the films.
Biographical Note:

"Pathe Baby was the trade name for a 9.5 mm home movie system introduced in France for Christmas 1922. An extensive catalog of existing Pathe Freres films were issued in this new format. The first were only 30 feet long -- about 90 seconds of cranking. But the innovative freeze frame mechanism lengthened the showing time by not wasting footage on title cards. In 1924, film length was increased to 60 feet. In 1928, Super reel films that were 300 feet long were introduced. 9.5 mm persisted as the 'standard' format in Europe thru the 1950's. Pathex was the trade name of Pathe Exchange, Inc., Pathe's US subsidiary. In America, film exchanges distributed movie releases to theaters. The 9.5 mm format was introduced in America for Christmas of 1925 (Model D projectors)."

Extent: 1 Pathé Baby projector and accessories in carrying case 79 commercially produced 9.5mm films
Provenance: Donated by Carolyn Axt.

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