Author Archives: Robert

the eve of destruction

Toronto. Ahh, the 1960s. I remember them well. One big hit in 1965 was the iconic song The Eve of Destruction sung by Barry McGuire. Sadly, unlike the song’s writer, the late P. F. Sloan, McGuire was a “one hit wonder”. … Continue reading

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Camerama coming this fall

Toronto. Did you hear the news? Gary Perry’s next show will be held on September 23rd 2018 at the Edward Hotel in North York (That’s Toronto for all you out of town folk). Click on the icon at left to … Continue reading

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a hoot at the boot – our 8th trunk sale

Toronto. Bob Lansdale gave me a call last week to see if I was going to the trunk sale Sunday. I agreed to go and Bob suggested if we arrived around 10am that would be great. I picked Bob up … Continue reading

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Tash meets LBP & Co in the 1960s.

Toronto. The well documented Canadian photographer Roy Tash visited Ottawa to record the illustrious, Nobel-prize winning Prime Minister Lester B Pearson and his cabinet. Pearson managed  to get our Canadian flag authorized in spite of the endless debates by the … Continue reading

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30th Daguerreian Society Symposium

Toronto. Many of our members are also members of the Daguerreian Society. For many years Bob Lansdale was the official photographer of both societies. Dr Mike Robinson of Toronto is past president of the two societies. The next Daguerreian Society … Continue reading

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the times they are a-changin’

Toronto. The Bob Dylan song “The Times They Are a-Changin’” appeared in the mid 1960s on the same named album.  And looking at photography and the dynamic shift from film to digital is so appropriate to Dylan’s song. George Dunbar … Continue reading

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Snoping out fauxtography

Toronto. Was this heat wave REALLY so hot that cars melted in Arizona? Does the claim pass the smell test? Yeah,right! For many years the Snopes site has helped us mere mortals perform a decent smell test. Our customers occasionally … Continue reading

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something’s wrong with this picture

Toronto. In 1992, the late Glenn Frey, released the album Strange Weather. Included was the song Love in the 21st Century which includes the above line. Frey was the front man and writer for the dysfunctional rock band the Eagles. When … Continue reading

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Ernest Brown, photographer (1877- 1951)

Toronto. Ernest Brown was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the bleak northern English town famous for its coal mines many decades ago, on September 8th, 1877, or so the book by Derek Hayes called “Canada: An Illustrated History notes based on an entry … Continue reading

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Alice Austen of Staten Island, photographer

Toronto. George Dunbar dropped me a note the other day about an early American woman photographer who was discovered by a wider audience only near the end of her life. Like Vivian Maier, she embraced photography as a hobby, but took … Continue reading

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