Post by Robert Mammone on Jan 7, 2020 22:36:30 GMT
I'm one of the hosts of the podcast that kicked off this discussion thread. We got some (reasonable) pushback about the provenance of the film can, and the fact that it has the name of the contents written in texta, and taped to the rim of the lid. Does seem a bit dodgy at first blush.
A friend put me onto this article about an Australian comedian's love for Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and Not Only But Also. In the article, he relates being handed two tins in the early 1990s from the Channel 9 archives:
Fast-forward 22 years to when I was helping put together the Logies for Channel Nine. Venerable announcer Pete Smith appears in my office one day with a big grin and a beckoning finger. I follow him downstairs into the archives whereupon he shows me two dusty one-inch tape canisters with a bit of masking tape on each. Written in red Texta on the tapes are the words: Behind the Fridge. It was like finding the Holy Grail.
Certainly. Film editors used masking tape to label reels and cans of film, and to keep "winds" of film from unrolling. Film for editing was generally wound on small plastic cores (a wind) instead of reels, particularly if it was going through a flat bed editing machine. Chinagraph pencils and small permanent ink or whiteboard felt tip pens were used for marking.