Author Archives: Robert

Jack be nimble

Toronto. The Donald upset many high level politicians. He dissed friendly states and embraced enemy states. He told porkies galore. He is reviled by many in his own party. His idea of reconciliation is to blame everything on the opposition … Continue reading

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good money after bad

Toronto. This is what we said when someone spent added money on a lost cause. Sometimes a better way didn’t gain traction in the marketplace and fell in the dustbin of history. This happened to Agfa-Gevaert’s rapid film system. When … Continue reading

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that’s the spirit

Toronto.  Within a year of the January 1839 announcement of Daguerre’s process in Paris, the new way to create images was known world-wide. By the early 1840s every major city had a daguerreotype portrait studio. Boston was no different. The … Continue reading

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colour quartet

Toronto. The earliest photos were monochrome – unless hand coloured. By the turn of the 20th century, colour photos could be taken using three black and white films sandwiched together and interspersed with colour layers. The additive colour system created … Continue reading

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its the dye, silly

Toronto. In the days of colour film, it was somewhat common knowledge that colour photos faded badly and didn’t last. 60 years ago it was appropriate to get a mix of colour and B&W prints to commemorate special occasions like … Continue reading

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hockey and photography? really?

Toronto. Well, sports photographers and some news hounds would agree that hockey and photos definitely do mix quite well. In fact, one of our exchange members is the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHoF) here in the Big Smoke. And a few … Continue reading

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Managing, cataloging, storing, and digitizing your daguerreotype collection

Toronto. The above title is quite a mouthful! As announced for today by the Daguerreian Society, it is, ” A one hour presentation with Mike Robinson on digitizing your daguerreotypes, followed by Len Walle and Phil Nathanson discussing how to manage, … Continue reading

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more than one way …

Toronto. … to skin a cat, as the old saying goes. Film was no different. Kodak touted its 126 film size (35mm sans traditional sprocket holes and paper backed) Kodapak for its instamatic cameras eliminating the “klutzy” confusion of loading and … Continue reading

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coping with COVID

Toronto. The pandemic that swept the world this year caused a seismic change in photographic historical societies. The societies reacted in various ways. Our group (PHSC) took advantage of our MailChimp account used to disseminate our newsletter “PHSC News” by … Continue reading

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we lost Mike Mitchell at 76

Toronto. I received very sad news on June 16th from our treasurer, John Morden.  John came across an AGO article written just yesterday (June 16th) announcing the death of Michael Mitchell in Hamilton on May 18, 2020. The article was written … Continue reading

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