Bell & Howell Model 253 8mm projector

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Posted by Doug Clifford on August 24, 2001 at 22:24:57:

In Reply to: MANUAL FOR 8MM PROJECTOR posted by TUSDI HAWKINS on August 23, 2001 at 22:30:13:

: I HAVE A BELL AND HOWELL 8MM PROJECTOR,
: MODEL #253, SER NO. E44504
: 500 WATTS, 5 AMPS, 60 CYCLE, 115 VOLTS
: I CANT FIND ANYTHING ON THIS MODEL, CAN YOU HELP ME?

Apparently the Bell & Howell model 253 8mm projector had many versions, including the 253-AR, 253-A, 253-AX, 253-ZX and 253-RX. This is one of the few times I have found the serial number useful in tracking down the correct projection bulb. According to http://www.city-net.com/~fodder/project/lamps1.html#b (hyperlink below) your 8mm projector was one of the Bell & Howell Monterey models and says that the 253-AR, 253-A (to serial number 67796) and the 253AX (up to serial #91588) can use either the CZX or CZY projection bulb. The bulb will cost $15-$20 which is more than the projector could be sold for. The same is true for an original owners manual which will cost anywhere from $5 to $20 to obtain from a used dealer. The reality is millions of 8mm projectors were manufactured, they were well-made and many have survived. There is almost no demand for them, as evidenced by the large numbers of 8mm projectors on eBay which draw no bids whatsover, not even $5. You might be able to find someone on eBay selling a model 253 projector who is willing to sell you a xerox copy of the manual (if they have it) at a nominal price.

If you have a library of irreplaceable home movies shot on 8mm film, I suggest you consider getting the film transferred to video tape or DVD before the film disintegrates. Sorry to be so pessimistic.


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