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09-18-2017, 09:22 PM
Can anyone identify the camera in this photo, film stock, time frame?

The television is a Du Mont Mansfield RA-108, 1949.

Wondering if they were making a TV commercial or something else?

This photo was just published on the ETF site.

Eric H
09-18-2017, 11:36 PM
It's a Mitchell camera, 1940's?

09-19-2017, 12:05 AM
Sure looks like a Mitchell.

So a movie 35mm camera and a boom mike with lots of Christmas color. Looks like a real image on the TV.

This era is before my time (born 1946) what were they doing? Besides a TV commercial in black and white, could it be an advertisement during a major movie release at the movie theaters kinda like Movie Time News?

09-19-2017, 12:48 AM
The photograph itself doesn't look that old. The décor of the house suggests late 80s up to present. Maybe somebody just... had a tv, film camera, boom mic, and lots of stuffed animals in their house and felt like taking a picture... around Christmas time. Hell if I know why.

Phil Nelson
09-19-2017, 01:06 AM
Yeah, the red tinsel stuff on the camera tripod and mike boom suggest that a TV collector type was just having fun around the holidays.

Why would anyone stage a whimsical holiday photo? Hmm, let me think . . . .

Phil Nelson
Phil's Old Radios

09-19-2017, 01:20 AM
Got it. :-)

Thought the same thing about the tinsel.

Electronic M
09-19-2017, 08:33 AM
Those vertical slat blinds behind the set also suggest a later time (wasn't it the 70's-80's when those caught on? :scratch2: ). The blue and white wires circling the room by the base board also suggest a later date (the blue makes me think cat5 LAN cable)...A 50's film set would not run visible base board wires unless it was 1-2' of Dumont power cord to an outlet or that distinctive 300 ohm antenna twin lead (and even that they would probably try to hide).

09-19-2017, 11:11 AM
I thought the slat blindes was wainscoting or paneling with room reflections. The plush carpeting and period colors look authentic. The tinsel and cable suggest a later time.

I agree, some collector having fun.