Sydney: Home Recreations Ltd., 1930. Three pamphlets, measuring 8.5 x 5.5; 7.25 x 5; and 7 x 5 inches: ; ; and 18, . First pamphlet: single leaf printed on both sides, folded in thirds. Second pamphlet: side-stapled brown pictorial wrappers printed in green and black. Third pamphlet: side-stapled pictorial wrappers with elaborate Art Deco design by V.L. Nanvers printed in yellow, orange, teal, blue, magenta and black. Second and third pamphlets illustrated with half-tone illustrations of camera products and accessories. Publisher’s new address stamp on top and bottom of first pamphlet, with some entries of the catalog highlighted by hand in red. Wrappers of first and third pamphlets foxed, edgewear to third pamphlet.
Three ephemeral advertising publications for Pathéscope, a popular early home cinema system: a copy of the “Pathé Home Cinema Film Catalogue,” and two catalogs of Pathéscope projectors, cameras, and accessories. Because the film used in theater projectors proved too unwieldy for home use, the cinema entrepreneur Charles Pathé invented a 9.5mm film, then the most compact format in the world, in 1922: “The ideal cinema is now within reach of everyone. For a small sum a compact and simple apparatus can be bought which projects in the average sitting room motion pictures equal in brilliance and precision to those of the picture house.” The projector was enormously successful, selling hundreds of thousands of units. It could project commercial films, purchased or borrowed from Pathé film exchange libraries: the film catalogue included here lists over three hundred titles, from travelogues and cartoons to comedies starring Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. The projector could also show homemade films recorded on Pathé’s “Baby Cine” camera, encouraging a subculture of early amateur filmmaking. These catalogs were issued by Home Recreations in Sydney, the “Sole Concessionaries for Australasia and New Zealand.” A striking survival, evidence of a turning point in modern home entertainment.