There is no description on the back of this old postcard, only printer information that tells us the publisher was Grafiche Biondetti in Verona, and that it was printed in Italy.
I found a video camera for sale at Etsy that resembles the one the girl is holding. Because the description is wonderful and rather brings this postcard to life I am going to print it below because the item may sell, in which case the Etsy shop link would be useless:
1960s 8mm Video Camera - Mansfield Holiday I-EE
Excellent condition camera for video or stop-motion projects, or perfect for neat home decor.
Made in Japan by Argus Inc. between 1962-65.
Sturdy grey metal casing, chrome details and a mixture of charming fonts. Clean and in great shape, and appears fully functional after thorough cleaning/examination.
Completely mechanical operation (no need for batteries). A small lever can advance the film per frame for stop-motion work, or automatically. The attachable handle has a trigger that also engages the automatic film feed. Camera can be mounted to your tri-pod to make sick looking claymation monster movies!!
This wonderful device is nearly 50 years old and has been well cared for. Given the age and the delicate nature of a camera's workings, this should not be your next beater camera, but could definitely yield some fantastic art given proper love and care.
Or perhaps it will just add that perfect touch to your sharp 60s decor and make your space look like a million bucks.
Freshly cleaned and given a good once-over. Exterior is in lovely condition with minimal scratches. Lens has no damage. Film housing is clean and includes the take-up reel.
Camera dimensions are about 5 1/4 in (top to bottom) x 7 1/4 in (eye piece to lens)
Handle is 4 1/8 in long
***I examined this camera very carefully and have checked that the lens appears clean and undamaged, the advancing mechanics operate as expected and overall device is clean. I have not tested with actual film and so cannot guarantee that all aspects of the camera's original functionality are intact. This camera is offered as is, but I am confident that anything this cute is unlikely to disappoint!
These days, when kids get together to record good times they pull out their smart phones to capture video moments. Much less cumbersome, to be sure.....but also lacking in movie-making magic! And there are expectations for technological perfection, that wow-factor that the couple in the park above probably never would have considered. Technology Review has an article about a new product that indicates how much things have changed in the world of personal videography. You can read the entire article HERE, as I am sharing only a portion:
Using Your Smart Phone to Mix Video Clips with Others
Vyclone turns a phone into an automated editing suite, mashing up videos recorded simultaneously from different angles.
Taking a video of a concert or ball game with your smart phone and uploading it to YouTube is easy. Finding other videos taken by fellow spectators at the same time and stitching them into one seamless recording is a lot harder.
A new app called Vyclone promises to do that hard stuff for you. Created by Joe Sumner and David King Lassman, the app can be used for all kinds of things, from concert and wedding recordings to short films and citizen journalism projects. Sumner and King Lassman say they aren't trying to compete with professional video-editing tools—rather, they see Vyclone as something anyone can use on the fly. "We can all have our Scorsese moment, irrespective of experience and ability," King Lassman says.
As more people tote smart phones everywhere they go, Vyclone and a growing number of other mobile apps are trying to bring functionality to smart phones that until recently was restricted to computers.
Sumner, a singer-songwriter, thought of the idea in 2010 while touring as a member of the band Fiction Plane. He noticed that audience members spent much of the show recording it with their cell phones and then posted their videos on YouTube. Sumner figured there must be a simple way to link all the phones at an event and create an automatically generated compilation of the different videos taken simultaneously. That way "people would be able to look at every single viewpoint and see everything," he says.
Sumner began working with King Lassman, a technology entrepreneur, on software that could rapidly analyze, process, mash up, and spit out video recorded by people at the same event. In May they rolled out the free iPhone app in their native England, which they're treating as a test market before bringing the app stateside this summer. . .
Happy Labor Day weekend wishes to those celebrating in the U.S. and Happy Labour Day to those celebrating in Canada this weekend. Go make some sweet
end-of-summer memories, and perhaps capture them via smart phone, or a poem or painting because time goes by so fast!