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Animation Unlimited

September 27, 2011 -- Tuesday
Reprint of an article written by filmmaker John Korty, originally published in a 1963 issue of the Bolex Reporter.

Inside Paillard Bolex

September 2, 2011 -- Friday
Four short films, that provide a fascinating look inside the Paillard Bolex factory in Saint-Croix. See Bolex movie cameras being assembled and tested; all shot on a Bolex, of course.

Paillard-Bolex Serial Numbers

May 11, 2007 -- Friday
A list of serial numbers and dates of manufacture for all Paillard-Bolex cameras from 1936-1976.

TV Commercial for Bolex 155 Macrozoom

April 23, 2007 -- Monday
A Bikini, a Beach and a Bolex? Here's another video for a Bolex TV commercial, featuring the Bolex 155 Macrozoom camera from 1968.

1958 TV Commercial for Bolex Cameras

April 22, 2007 -- Sunday
A video for a classic television commercial from 1958, promoting Paillard-Bolex and Willoughby's camera store; courtesy of

Lenses for Bolex 16mm Cameras

March 21, 2007 -- Wednesday
The differences between regular and RX lenses for Bolex H16 cameras. A detailed explanation on how the reflex prism affects optical correction.

Bolex Dealer Camera Display Stand

February 6, 2007 -- Tuesday
Images and details of a decorative camera display stand used in franchised Bolex dealer stores during the 1950s.

We Visit Paillard-Bolex

January 26, 2007 -- Friday
An Amateur Movie Maker team takes a trip to a Swiss mountain top to investigate the facts behind the magic name. Reprint of a wonderfully informative article from 1959 that pays tribute to the Swiss ingenuity, craftsmanship and quality of Paillard at the height of Bolex popularity.

Bolex Christmas Gift Ideas

December 2, 2006 -- Saturday
Assuming you've travelled back in time to 1959, and somehow have access to the internet, you may find this interactive list of Bolex gift ideas useful for your Christmas shopping. Otherwise, enjoy the pictures.

Shoot Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey

November 12, 2006 -- Sunday
For the Holidays! (In 1960, at least.) A reprint of an article that appeared in Volume 10 of the Bolex Reporter magazine, written by Dan Pendenglasser, III. There are actually some good common sense tips in this article. On the other hand, the method described for producing a fade-out in the final shot is the strangest tip I've ever read.

Bolex Glass Dealer Sign

November 10, 2006 -- Friday
A few pictures of a glass sign that once hung proudly in the window of a Bolex franchised dealer store. Now it sits in a padded box, protected from sunlight and earthquakes.

Three-Lens Turret Conversion

November 9, 2006 -- Thursday
A piece of 1959 correspondence from a camera dealer to a customer, regarding a conversion for Bolex 8mm cameras.

"What Is It?"

November 8, 2006 -- Wednesday
Well, I don't know... It looks familiar, yet it's not. Maybe you know the answer? (Updated January 23, 2007, with the answer!)

Bolex Music

October 27, 2006 -- Friday
A 45 rpm record with music and sound effects for adding to your films.

Bolex Record - Ross Hunter

October 26, 2006 -- Thursday
A Bolex instructional record from 1961, titled "Top Secrets of Hollywood Movie Making", with tips from producer Ross Hunter.

Bolex Logo Dealer Sign

October 12, 2006 -- Thursday
Details and pictures of an aluminum Dealer sign in the shape of the Paillard-Bolex logo.

The Bolex Reporter Magazine

October 4, 2006 -- Wednesday
A look at the Bolex Reporter magazine, published from 1950 to 1974 by Paillard Incorporated in the United States.

Small Bolex Items

September 20, 2006 -- Wednesday
A couple of, presumably, Bolex dealer items; a Paillard-Bolex tie-bar and cufflink.

Tips on Mercury Battery Replacement

August 17, 2006 -- Thursday
Can't find Mercury cell batteries for you Bolex? You're not entirely out of luck. Here are some equivalent alternative replacements.

The American Bolex Company

April 26, 2006 -- Wednesday
A brief history of the sole distributor of Paillard products in the United States from 1936 to 1948, and manufacturer of Ambol and Cinea motion picture equipment.

Leader, Standard or Deluxe?

January 1, 2006 -- Sunday
How to identify the differences between these three very similar models. More importantly, why it doesn't really matter.

The Paillard-Bolex Camera

December 1, 2005 -- Thursday
A general look at the different models of Bolex cameras, from the professional H model, to the pocket size 8mm home movie camera.