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I recently came across some John Deere 16mm promo film from the 50s. This would have been left over from my great-uncle's business which closed in 1978. I am not looking to sell it, but I am curious if it would be desirable among collectors or have any collector value. Any info would be appreciated.

The labels on the reels are:
1. John Deere Day Show 1956. Lease for the Future. Repxxx 70 Diesel. Reel 2 Set 2. (I cannot make out the whole word before 70 Diesel)
2. John Deere Day Show 1956. What's New for 1956. Reel 3 Set 2.
3. 1957 John Deere Show. Reel 1 Set 2.
4. Reel 2 Set 2. (I would assume this is the second part of the 1957 show).
 

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I don't know what they are worth, but I do know that I'd like to see them! I spent a lot of time on a 70 diesel when I was growing up.

Old film has a tendency to deteriorate over time. You ought to take it to a film specialist to have the original negatives cleaned and have a digital copy made as a backup.
 

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I don't know what they are worth, but I do know that I'd like to see them! I spent a lot of time on a 70 diesel when I was growing up.

Old film has a tendency to deteriorate over time. You ought to take it to a film specialist to have the original negatives cleaned and have a digital copy made as a backup.
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See if there is any value ($$$) there which a film restoration expert may be able to tell you or point you to the right people. Then check to see if there is any historical value there, if there is getting it to digital format may not be overly expensive.

If it were me I might even try to contact Deere and see if they have any interest in either acquiring the reels or assisting in the restoration/preservation. They may already have digital copies of it and can save you the hassle and aggravation of processing the film. Hard to tell what they might have in their library somewhere.
 

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Maybe you should call John Deere and make a deal with them. They restore it and make a copy for you and them (you get the original back of course). Then make sure it get's posted here cause we all want to see this historic film. I really hope we all get to see it. I love old stuff. Reminds me of day's long gone.

Keep us posted, PLEASE.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I have thought about getting it converted but have not looked to see if there is anyone local that does it.
Where in PA are you. I know of a few places.
 

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I recently came across some John Deere 16mm promo film from the 50s. This would have been left over from my great-uncle's business which closed in 1978. I am not looking to sell it, but I am curious if it would be desirable among collectors or have any collector value. Any info would be appreciated.

The labels on the reels are:
1. John Deere Day Show 1956. Lease for the Future. Repxxx 70 Diesel. Reel 2 Set 2. (I cannot make out the whole word before 70 Diesel)
2. John Deere Day Show 1956. What's New for 1956. Reel 3 Set 2.
3. 1957 John Deere Show. Reel 1 Set 2.
4. Reel 2 Set 2. (I would assume this is the second part of the 1957 show).

Lease for the Future Report.
 
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