Author Archives: Robert

Frank Prazak, Sports Photographer 1926-2018

Toronto. In Wednesday’s Globe column Lives Lived the loss of photographer Frank  Prazak age 92 was celebrated in this story by his wife Penny. Mr Prazak last lived in Mississauga, Ontario and was famous for his innovative sports photos. He died … Continue reading

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for the buggy photographers

Toronto. in the last century, a book was published for nearly any discipline. This book by Linssen was published by the Fountain Press in London in 1953, over a half century ago now.  Many books at the time were heavy … Continue reading

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photographic lenses – Conrad Beck

Toronto. Like most optical houses in the 1800s, The British house of R and J Beck at Cornhill (London, England) expanded their optical product repertoire to photographic lenses (and cameras). In this seventh edition of Conrad Beck’s small book, like … Continue reading

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movies, anyone?

Toronto. Continuing on with the LIFE and movies theme, Bell and Howell of Chicago was a respected professional movie equipment maker. They added a consumer line pre-war (Filmo). Post-war they dumbed down the consumer cameras and ads – the cameras … Continue reading

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soupe du jour

Toronto. Post war everyone had catching up to do. Wages, telephones, cars, home appliances, televisions and cameras.  In the 1950s the next big thing was home movies. Kodak and its competitors sold 8mm film in both black and white and … Continue reading

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Myseum

Toronto. Most of us who live here know the ROM – Royal Ontario Museum on the corner of Avenue Road and Bloor, in easy reach of U of T students (and the rest of us by subway). But I wonder … Continue reading

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another Boris Spremo story

Toronto. The late Boris Spremo, PHSC member, speaker, Toronto Star photographer,  and an illustrious photographer as well has another story about his work here on a local Museum website. This iconic silhouette of PM Diefenbaker will strike a chord with … Continue reading

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through the glass darkly

Toronto. As a kid I often saw ads for a Kalart after market rangefinder. This little gadget was bolted on the side of a Speed Graphic.  I never thought of Kalart as a camera maker. At our Show and Tell … Continue reading

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phoenix rising

Toronto. Just over two weeks after touting its IIIf model, in the May 31, 1954 LIFE (p60). Leitz announced its most radical and eventually best selling Leica M3. The camera design began before the war and the prototype was field tested … Continue reading

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the power of persuasion

Toronto. In its May 17, 1954 LIFE (p64) ad, Leica rested on its laurels as the driving force in kick starting the  minicam era.  The ad featured its newest camera, the IIIf with the f/2 collapsible Summitar lens that replaced the … Continue reading

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