Film Strip Restoration Project

We have been presented with some film cans containing film strips on 35 mm film with positive images. They are very old and we guess distributed around 1960. The film strips would have been sold in tricks and jokes shops that were popular at the time. The same shops would have sold a viewer for the strips that was made of rubber and had a lens at one end and a opaque screen at the other. The strips would be threaded through the guide and moved up frame by frame to to view the individual images.

The series known as Cartoon Film Strips were distributed by R.F.Hunter, Celfix House, Grays Inn Road, London, WC1. a company formed in the early 1920s and famous at the time for their work with photography products.

Robert Forgie Hunter had patent on the Celfix cine projection screen

There is more information about the R F Hunter company here

We have cans of film with the titles

  • 20 Toys of Antiquity
  • 29 The Story of the Motor Car 1885- 1905
  • 30 Aesops Fables No 1
  • 34 The Circus Vanishes
  • 38 Aesops Fables No 2
  • ?? Railway Series No3

We have scanned some of the film strips and put them together as a slide show. Please note that they are here for historical interest. Each film strips says “All Right Reserved” and with that respect we must say that the copyright to respective owners should be maintained. Copying or use of images may well infringe rights of individuals and written permissions must be obtained prior to their use in any way whatsoever.

Film Strip No. 20

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This Cartoon Film Strip No 20 is titled ” Toys of Antiquity” by Gwen White

Film Strip No. 3

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This Cartoon Film Strip Unknown Number is titled “Railways Series No.3”. and shows British Railways Equipment and Organisation with photographs assembled by D Viney

Film Strip No. 29

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This Cartoon Film Strip No. 29 is titled “The Motor Car 1885 to 1905” and has examples of early motor cars

Film Strip No. 34

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This Cartoon Film Strip No. 34 is titled “The Circus Vanishes” and highlight the work often behind scenes of the Bertram Mills Circus as the circus moves to its next location

Film Strip No. 30

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This Cartoon Film Strip No. 30 is titled “Aesops Fables No.1” and has fables told with illustrations by Mary Baker

Film Strip No. 38

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This Cartoon Film Strip No. 30 is titled “Aesops Fables No.2” and has fables told with illustrations by Mary Baker

VINTAGE 1940s/1950s/1960s 35mm EDUCATIONAL CARTOON FILM STRIP by R.F. HUNTER,

These would be ideal for developing for individual vintage photographs.

These are original vintage film strips that are in very good condition.

The cans are also in very good condition.