I’ve been attempting to thread this film reel into this 1940s projector for the past two hours. Finally I did it but it’s not the best quality (probably me… or the projector…. or the film )

The films and other items were part of the property of the Lombard (originally Lombardi) family which they kindly allowed me to acquire.

Salvatore Lombardi migrated to England from Italy in the 1920s and was part of the founding staff at the BBC. He later traveled to West Africa, specifically the Gold Coast – Ghana, and Nigeria where he went into trade. His son, Alfred Lombard, would follow in his father’s footsteps by working as a technical operator at the BBC then the colonial film unit working and living in the Eastern and Northern regions of Nigeria.

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