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If you don't know them, Sammy's were the only show in town for years, Panavision agents, finally sold out to Joe Dunton, I think.

Even my 1980 catalogue only has the Telex number- I think they just got a lot more phone lines instead, there are dozens in it, including, rather sweetly, the directors' home numbers. But that case will survive the Second Coming.

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It was all a bit before my time, but I know the name. That address on Cricklewood Lane is now one of the halls of residence for Middlesex University, a building which itself doesn't look like it was built that recently, so I guess the company has been gone for decades.

This thing has a few unoccupied holes in it, which suggests it's seen a few different uses over the years. There were a few scraps of foam suggesting it had been used to store a set of substantially flat objects that could be held in slots. It's odd, because the handle is on what feels like the side, and the feet are on what therefore feels like the back. I'm going to put a camera in it which I'd rather not roll on its side to move around, and I'm pondering relocating the handle to the lid, but I guess then the whole thing is dependent on the drawbar latches to avoid falling open while being carried.

I am currently attacking the tape goo with various harsh solvents. Could it be forty years' worth?

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I started at Sammy's in Sydney in the 90s, by the 2000s they had been bought by Panavision.

Here's a Samuelson catalogue from 1984, with the same address and telex etc:

http://www.samuelsonfilmservice.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SFS-1984-Catalogue.pdf

But they had been at Cricklewood Lane since the 60s:

http://www.aoassocies.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/the-samuelson-story.pdf

 

 

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8 hours ago, Dom Jaeger said:

Here's a Samuelson catalogue from 1984, with the same address and telex etc:

http://www.samuelsonfilmservice.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SFS-1984-Catalogue.pdf

Welp, the case I have here uses exactly the same style of handle shown in the promotional photograph in that catalogue, so I'm guessing 80s. This one is 24x12x12.5 inches, which pretty much makes it a natural camera case.

"Rigidised aluminium," eh?

Thanks!

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10 hours ago, Phil Rhodes said:

That address on Cricklewood Lane

.........was developed as a small studio complex by Sammys in 1979 and replaced, apparently, by a Virgin gym in 2000.

http://www.samuelsonfilmservice.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/The-Production-Village1.pdf

The 1980 catalogue I used is half catalogue and half a very handy manual of cinematography, printed the other way up with its own cover, as was the way then. And it does still have the cable address- it's just omitted from the manual. My 1985 copy still has both.

Incidentally that website is a rather good resource for gearheads. The manual I still refer to for running times, roll diameters and the like.

 

 

 

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Maybe put the camera in the box on its side so it's right way up when carried? Cut the foam to match.

A handle on the top sounds as hairy to me as it does to you. Shame to mess with mechanics that good unless you have to.

You'll be able to sit on it. Heck, probably park on it. Leave the tape residue on, it's history. Who wants a shiny steal-me case anyway?

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Believe me, this thing is never, ever going to be a shiny steal me case ever again! I don't mind the old lettering but I might clean it up to the point where it isn't actively... Sticky...

It is a rather odd layout. Either orientation makes it hard to exclude the possibility of things tumbling out if the latches gave way. I notice that similar cases with the handle on top of an opening lid tend to have the big flat paddle latches, as seen on flight cases, rather than the drawbar type.

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On 9/20/2022 at 7:28 AM, Mark Dunn said:

Maybe put the camera in the box on its side so it's right way up when carried? Cut the foam to match.

A handle on the top sounds as hairy to me as it does to you. Shame to mess with mechanics that good unless you have to.

You'll be able to sit on it. Heck, probably park on it. Leave the tape residue on, it's history. Who wants a shiny steal-me case anyway?

Textured aluminum. More rigid than smooth and you get traction if you stand on it. 

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