Posting for a colleague:
Wanted - nitrate frames on the run!
The Film Museum Düsseldorf is currently looking for archives that could help
to bring its publication project to a happy ending. For several years (and
with the permission of Harold Brown and FIAF) it plans to publish a German
version of Harold Brown's "Physical characteristics of early films as aids
to identification". Since the beginning of the project the editors were
looking for the original nitrate frames Brown used to illustrate his
descriptions of characteristics shown by nitrate prints made by certain
production companies from the early period. Unfortunately, these specimens
could not be found despite the efforts of many archivists involved in the
In order to have a wide range of examples for the identification manual, the
Düsseldorf Film Museum is looking for archives that have digitized early
examples of nitrate frames (or are willing to do so) in order to replace the
ones used once by Harold Brown. It would need them in high definition (more
than 300 dpi, better 600 dpi) showing not only the image itself, but also
the edges plus the frame lines above and below each picture. In case of
inscriptions on the edge marks, the whole text should be visible.
If you are willing to help the Film Museum Düsseldorf please inform the
director, Sabine Lenk, via e-mail: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
[log in to unmask], via mail: Filmmuseum Landeshauptstadt
Düsseldorf, Schulstrasse 4, D-40213 Düsseldorf, Germany, via fax: 00 49 211
899 37 68 or telephone: 00 49 211 899 22 56. Messages in English, French,
German and Dutch are welcome.