Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Calzolaro Cinema, that could have been

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Chalk Garden

I found this on a website devoted to buses in films!!!!

The Chalk Garden (1964, John and Hayley Mills)

It was shot around Eastbourne and in the middle of the film is a shot of an open-top Southdown austerity Guy Arab on the service to Beachy Head. Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills go upstairs and travel for a couple of minutes on it. The Gardner engine is quite distinctive throughout the scene. It must have been quite an experience sampling the 5LW under-powered vehicles struggling up to the Head! (thanks Chris Hebbron)

Iain Rae

Excellent, Iain, well done, find us some more please. Hayly Mills often stays in Sansepolcro, a small city some 20 miles up the road from us, and at one time expressed an interest in one of the houses I had for sale in the area.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Some information on poster sizes


The basic recurring error in your descriptions concerns the use of the word 'quad'.

.........we've taken Terry's advice and removed the word 'quad' from our poster descriptions.

Quads are always British horizontal/landscape format posters, measuring 30"x40".
Vertical/portrait format posters are called '1-sheets' if they measure 40"x 27" approx or 'double-crowns' if they measure 30"x20".

The word 'quad' (note spelling , quad not quod) is an abbreviation of 'quad-crown' - in other words, four times crown.
It refers to the size of the paper, based on old imperial paper sizes (crown, foolscap, etc - before they invented A4, A5, A6 etc).
The dimensions of a 'crown' sheet of paper are 15"x20".
Therefore, a 'quad-crown' (colloquially referred to in the film poster world as a 'quad') is equal to four times that size - ie 30"x40"
Therefore, a 'double-crown' measures 30"x20"

The term '1-sheet' or 'one-sheet' is used to describe an vertical/portrait format poster, usually measuring around 40"/41" x 26"/27" - they vary slightly depending on their printing date - they can be USA or UK or most other nationalities - but a 'quad' is generally only found in the UK. There are some US posters which measure 40"x30" in portrait format, but they're just called US 40"x30" posters - not quads - even though the dimensions are the same as a quad.


Wake up at the back of the class!

Terry - Quadbod - in other words, I'm the 'Bod' selling the 'Quads' ... see ... ?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Barnacle Bill aka All at Sea

Can anyone out there help this correspondent?

Dear Mr. Tunstill

I see that you may have stills of this film and I wondered if you have any pictures of The Miniature Railway that ran along Hunstanton Pier in the film, as I now own the Steam Engine and would love to find some pictures to add to the folder that I have on the History of the Engine.

Very happy to buy anything you may have.

Please advise.

My Regards,
P.L. Stratton.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Music from the Movies

Original music/song sheets from the old times, all for sale, and dozens of others.

Email for scans, list and prices: