Newsletter 14-7

Powell-Perry-book-smToronto. Our latest issue of the PHSC Newsletter is another colourful 10 page extravaganza by editor David Bridge. Our first story as always is the coming Toronto Meeting. Every December we ofer the popular members Show and Tell plus a Christmas gift exchange and a silent auction for the support of the PHSC.

Mark Singer’s Toronto notes reports on the thorough talk given by Mike Robinson on Daguerreotypes – his favourite topic. Secretary, Awards Chairman and PHSC Press Editor John Morden announces Anna Krentz as the latest Thesis award winner. “Scotch and Coffee” notes the potential revival of ferrania colour film as Scotch Brand material.

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Memories of Homemade Colour Prints

ferraniacolor-smToronto. George Dunbar’s note to me about the ferrania slide film revival brought back memories of my efforts to print colour back in the summer of 1960 when most amateur photographs were black and white.

While I worked in Labrador, I processed colour slides using Anscochrome film and processing kits. For black and white prints, I picked up a cheap Federal enlarger up in Knob Lake, Quebec.

Back home again, my friend George Ball and I decided to tackle colour printing using the new ferraniacolor film and processing kit. We modified the Federal enlarger by replacing the contrasty incandescent light source with a softer fluorescent lamp ring. A couple of aluminum pans housed the tube and served to reflect the light through the colour film.

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Reviving an Old Film Brand

ferrania-film-pack-smToronto. My thanks to George Dunbar for his note last month on a revived version of ferrania color reversal (slide) film. Editor David Bridge also notes this film revival news from another source. George sent me a link to retro thing a blog posted by James Grahame on many old technical items.

That blog and our coming newsletter 14-7 point the reader to ferrania in Italy. The new film is branded as Scotch Chrome. Have a look at James Grahame’s site – lots of interesting things discussed besides this new film.

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Photos by Harry Joy coming the St Lawrence Market, Toronto

Hockey by Harry Joy

Hockey by Harry Joy

Toronto, January 24, 2015. We are delighted to hear that 97 year old PHSC member Harry Joy will have his photographs featured in an exhibit at Toronto’s historic St Lawrence Market.

Opening at the St Lawrence Market Art Gallery on January 24th, 2015, there will be a reception from 2-4 pm that day. The exhibit will run through to May 9, 2015.

A preview of just some of the images to be displayed is available in Photographic Canadiana 40-3 as a four page spread. Also featured in the special Photographic Canadiana essay are some of Harry’s personal details plus short commentaries on his captivating photos.

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Photographic Canadiana 40-3

Photo-Hall-Field-Camera-smToronto. Editor Bob Lansdale has produced another stunning edition of Photographic Canadiana. If you are a member, a copy is on it’s way to you as I write. Not member? Just go to the upper right of this screen and sign up today!

This issue has many interesting stories. For the hardware collector there is the remarkable Photo-Hall view camera (see icon at left). This is the smallest version of the c1890 tail board style field camera. John Kantymir relates how he acquired this excellent and very displayable example of a century plus old field camera while Bob Wilson fills in the technical details.

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Graham Wesley Garrett – Daguerreotype Researcher

GRAHAM-GARRETTToronto, July 27, 2014. Photographic Canadiana editor, Bob Lansdale, relays this sad message:

“Noted historian Graham Garrett passed away last July 27, 2014 in his 80th year. This sad loss has just been drawn to our attention. Graham contributed several well researched articles on early Canadian photography to our Photographic Canadiana journal and helped immensely in preparing the article on Eli Palmer – Toronto Photographer.

“His greatest contribution to the history of Canadian photography is the Biographical Index of Daguerreotypists in Canada 1839-1871 which was made available on disc with thousands of entries.

“Survived by his loving wife Hoda (nee Nasri). Remembered fondly by brothers Bernard and Elton, sister-in-law Mona, brothers-in-law Rafik and Hani, many nieces and nephews and his good friend Anna.”

You can read the formal obituary notice, as published last summer in the Toronto Star newspaper, here on the Legacy website.

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Chas Abel Photo Service “Photo Finish”

Charlie Abel

Charlie Abel

Toronto, November 27, 2014. Thanks to PHSC member George Dunbar who spotted this obituary for a local legend. Charles Abel owned a Toronto  photo finishing company when I was a kid. His trademark was a horse race with a “photo finish”.  His service was widely used in Ontario.

The Chas Abel billboard on the Gardener was seen daily by thousands and thousands of people. His son was a member of our society some years back. Following is the Obituary which appeared in the Toronto Star  on November 27, 2014.

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Show and Tell 2014

Zeiss Anastigmat by Bausch and Lomb

Zeiss Anastigmat
by Bausch and Lomb

Wednesday, Dec. 17th, 2014

In a few short weeks it will be time again for another  popular Show & Tell evening at PHSC. Members can and do bring all sorts of unusual items for show and possible identification. If you have an item, please let Clint know so he can add you to the list! He can be reached at:

As usual, we will have our traditional gift exchange. Bring a gift of about $15 of interest to a member to participate – President Mark Singer will bring his Christmas Tree. During the evening, we will have another excellent silent auction too, so bring lots of  spare change!

The public is welcome.  Go to our Programs page for times and directions. Continue reading

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Newsletter 14-6 Announces our November speaker

From left: Cover,

From left: Cover, scenes at Symposium 16 in Rochester, Christmas is coming, a free book on daguerreotypes, our big three spring 2015 events, and scenes at the fall fair in our new location – yummy perogies anyone?

Editor David Bridge has put together a tasty treat for November: Our November speaker, Mike Robinson will speak on his favourite medium, the Daguerreotype; Mark Singer put together a nifty review on our very popular October speaker, Ronit Novak, who gave a very detailed and interesting talk about the Ambrotype; PHSC returns to Campbell House next spring for CONTACT;

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Canadian Photographic History

10376914_358928674288366_5788005546369389151_nToronto.  A big tip of the hat to our Facebook editor, Louise Freyburger. Louise recently started the Canadian Photographic History page on Facebook and it is taking off suggesting it fills a pressing need. Well done Louise!

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