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Christmas ad for a Leica c1950

Toronto. Some time  back I did a post on Leitz finally getting  internal flash sync in their cameras. George Dunbar came across this LIFE ad in their November 27, 1950 issue suggesting the new Leica IIIf and a Leitz flash … Continue reading

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the world’s most exciting camera in 1950?

Toronto. In its October 30th, 1950 advertisement in LIFE magazine, Polaroid touted its camera as “The World’s Most Exciting” and “this year’s most wanted [Christmas] gift“. While this was typical marketing fluff, Polaroid was right. In a world used to … Continue reading

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Cowan’s American History: Premier Auction June 22nd

Toronto. I had an email from the Daguerreian Society a few days ago on the 14th announcing the latest Cowan’s American History Premier Auction  this Friday, June 22nd in Cincinnati, Ohio. Featured are numerous dags, ambros, tintypes, and albumen photographs … Continue reading

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Weegee in comics

Toronto. Arthur Fellig was a cigar smoking, messy, rumpled NYC night crime scene  photographer in the 1930s and 40s. He was the subject of many articles as a Speed Graphic camera toting shameless self promotor. Now he has been immortalized … Continue reading

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early photography

Toronto. PHSC co-founder John Linsky sent me an email the other day suggesting this excellent site for early photographic cameras and equipment. Early Photography as the site is named, is based in the UK and as such is weighted towards … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery (Makeover Studio) Tour

Toronto. PHSC Meeting, Wed, June 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm In the BURGUNDY ROOM of the Memorial Hall Magical Mystery Makeover Studio Tour – Yvette Bessels In May of 1967, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as … Continue reading

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Newsletter PHSC News 18-2 (June 2018)

Toronto. Editor Pushchak has served up another tasty treat for readers of her well received PHSC News. The June 2018 edition was distributed  on Friday morning to all those who subscribe (want your own copy? just email me and ask!). … Continue reading

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in my merry automobile …

Toronto. We had many home grown automobiles like the McLaughlin in Oshawa, the Tudhope in Orillia, the Whippet, etc. Some like the Brooks Steamer had American roots long before the auto pact or NAFTA. All are gone now or absorbed … Continue reading

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colour photography in WW1

. We seldom think of colour photography dating back to the earliest days, but it did. Louis Ducos du Heron born in 1837 predicted all the colour processes ever used. We (I) never think of colour photography before the late … Continue reading

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photographer Alan Mungavin takes a shower in 1950

Toronto. Well George Dunbar has spotted another funny photo-related essay! In the July 10th, 1950 LIFE magazine issue (6th bullet down in link), British photographer Alan Mungavin set up to take a photo with an old shutterless field camera. As … Continue reading

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