The Bill Sprague Collection now on Archive.org

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The Bill Sprague Collection now on Archive.org

PostFri Aug 25, 2017 8:59 am

Longtime silent film seller Bill Sprague (or someone with access to his collection) has been recently posting his collection which features many rarities on archive.org. I believe I purchased from him a time or two from his CLASSIC IMAGES ads back in the 1990s. Apparently he no long sells as I couldn't find him online (I haven't purchased CI in over a decade so I don't know if he still runs ads.) I think this is pretty exciting and hope this opens the doors for more silent collectors/sellers to offer their stuff free of charge online as the OTR crowd has been doing for many years. https://archive.org/details/@movieman63
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PostFri Aug 25, 2017 11:38 am

I appreciate the don't-you-dare-complain-about-anything blurb that accompany these films. Thanks for the link.
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PostSat Aug 26, 2017 8:25 am

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, as the saying goes, but honestly so many of these films are on Youtube and apparently from the same source video, i.e., not very good. Perhaps Mr. Sprague uploaded them to YT in the first place. Whatever, I would be unlikely to recommend a neophyte to watch any of them due to the rather poor visual quality. If you can't grab them with visual quality, you won't get them at all.
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PostSat Aug 26, 2017 8:31 am

Sure, I'd love to put it all my collection online. Maybe there are 125 films I've got. I've been trying to get some funding from institutions for scanning but no luck as yet.

Here is one I put up on Archive I found on YouTube.

Earliest US porn cartoon

nsfw

https://archive.org/details/EvereadyHar ... ure_201708" target="_blank

I find Archive kinda hard to use. I'm still trying to figure out ho to make collections. All my stuff is jumbled up.

Many photographers I run into are soooo stingy with their work. They would rather it die with them than share it...unless they get big bucks.
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PostSat Aug 26, 2017 8:35 am

bobfells wrote:Never look a gift horse in the mouth, as the saying goes, but honestly so many of these films are on Youtube and apparently from the same source video, i.e., not very good. Perhaps Mr. Sprague uploaded them to YT in the first place. Whatever, I would be unlikely to recommend a neophyte to watch any of them due to the rather poor visual quality. If you can't grab them with visual quality, you won't get them at all.


Sure, unless it is very rare, I don't put garbage online. I have not seen the films in question, so can't say.

But the advantage of Archive is it can be downloaded easily. Youtube is a hassle to download, at least for me.
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PostSun Aug 27, 2017 1:24 pm

Daniel D. Teoli Jr. wrote:
bobfells wrote:Never look a gift horse in the mouth, as the saying goes, but honestly so many of these films are on Youtube and apparently from the same source video, i.e., not very good. Perhaps Mr. Sprague uploaded them to YT in the first place. Whatever, I would be unlikely to recommend a neophyte to watch any of them due to the rather poor visual quality. If you can't grab them with visual quality, you won't get them at all.


Sure, unless it is very rare, I don't put garbage online. I have not seen the films in question, so can't say.

But the advantage of Archive is it can be downloaded easily. Youtube is a hassle to download, at least for me.


I agree, Archive's appeal is that these films are easily downloaded (although I wish more people would also put their collections in the avi or windows media formats as they are usually easier to burn on disc than mp4 which is the main format for most downloadable films). I also hate having to fight off ads on youtube for everything I want to view.
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PostSun Aug 27, 2017 1:28 pm

fredhedges wrote:I appreciate the don't-you-dare-complain-about-anything blurb that accompany these films...


So do I. A lot of people don't seem to realize that a lot of these films do not exist in particularly great prints anywhere and besides it's all free, yet I suspect some will still find it difficult not to whine in "reviews".
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PostMon Aug 28, 2017 4:22 am

If one wants to get rid of YT ads one can get YT Red but I like to keep some of the ads and trailers for my private disc programs but many have LOOP and can't seem to download. I like mp4 and I have professional(that is paid for) software that can compile a DVD program using mp4, flv and mpeg2 etc and convert to am MPEG2 standard disc and the speed is very fast in the current update I have. You can download folders from YT which is good for disc compiling but often many of the files are unrelated to what the subject or artist is you wanted.

I must say I have not noticed Bill Sprague's ads for a long time in CI but then many who have advertised(all illegally, of course!!!!) are either retired or died. Who knows what happens to all these "master" tapes or discs when they pass? Anyone's guess. Some go back to the early days of Sam Rubin's 8mm Collector, the for runner of what is now Classic Images. I just renewed for another 2 years but it is not as exciting like it was still a few years ago. So much has already been written about we want to know. Their Golden Age quarterly is a better page size and has a lot of good articles and the editor, Bob, only does his editorial in this one now and not CI. Sam was a great guy and we corresponded a lot in the "old" days when his paper was still only a hobby from his family furniture, in Indiana/Pennsylvania-the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart. It is Indiana/PA not the state of the same name.
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PostMon Aug 28, 2017 5:48 am

Harlowgold wrote:I also hate having to fight off ads on youtube for everything I want to view.


Try Adblock Plus or do what I do and set up a DNS server in your house for filtering ad servers (but I'm an IT guy so ...)

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