Peter Naylor , Feb 09, 2008; 08:17 a.m.
Hi, Alex Strange you should bring this up, because if you scroll down a bit to the "Box Ensign 2 1/2" post by Samantha Jones, you should find all you need to know amongst the responses.
You haven't said just what other details are on your old Pocket camera, but with a "Synchro" shutter I'd guess it would have been made by the Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co Ltd of London, right? This company went on to become better known as Ensign Ltd, FWIW.
You're in luck that of all the many formats of reel film ever made and long since gone out of production, the "2 1/4" format of yours, later to be called "EC20" by Ensign, and 120 by the rest of the world eventually, is still available. So if you want to see what your old beast can do, it's not as difficult as you might think.
Just bear in mind that the film speed of the "2 1/4" stuff available for your camera back in the 20s'30s was woefully slow compared to what'a available today. So, ask at your local pro photographic shop for the slowest stuff they have, set your camera at "I" shutter speed and "Large" aperture, and shoot in less than bright light. It'll most likely still be over-exposed but modern films have good latitude, so you'll get some nice pics. Keep some sticking plaster over the ruby window on the back door to prevent light ingress, and only remove it for as long as it takes to wind on to the next frame. (Pete In Perth)