Do you have some old 8mm home movie reels in a junk drawer or old shoebox? Do you not know if they are from your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents generation? Would you like to find out without having to find a projector? It is easier than you think and here are 3 ways to date your 8mm home movies from only the box.
The box, it can tell you alot!
- The easiest way to date a reel of film is to look for a date stamped on the box. Some reels of film have an expiration date or a process before date stamped on the box. Sometimes this can rub off or even be written over but it is the first place to start.
- The next place you want to look is for the postmark. All film had to be sent out for processing and it was usually left it the same box when it was returned with a postmark. The date on the postmark can give you the exact date that the film was processed.
- If you can’t find the age of your film with those two solutions, you can always look at the box. The style of the packaging changed over the years and can help you to at least nail down a decade.
How can you digitize those films?
We are losing more history every day. The longer you wait to digitize that home movie of your grandparents at prom or your mom’s first car the more it degrades. I use the Wolverine 8mm and Super 8 Film Reel Converter Scanner to digitize what you see here.
It is easy to set up and operate and stores the files onto an SD card so you can quickly transfer files to your PC. If you have more than 10 films to scan this is definitely going to be cheaper than paying for someone to do it for you, and you’ll have the results quickly about 30 minutes scan time per standard 8mm reel.