Author Archives: Robert

Mick-A-Matic Toy Camera

Toronto. A few weeks ago John Linsky lent me two cameras and two books. The idea of making cameras for children began in the early days of the 20th century when Kodak introduced  the Browne line in 1900, packed in boxes … Continue reading

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PHSC News Issue 16-11, April 2017

Toronto. Editor Sonja Pushchak has sent out another delightful issue of our email newsletter – keeping in mind the sprit of April First… This 11 page issue covers a number of thought provoking topics and ideas. Click on the icon … Continue reading

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Photography in Canada 1960-2000

Toronto. Have a great Good Friday folks. If you live in the Ottawa/Gatineau area or plan a visit to celebrate our 150th anniversary, drop in to the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada (CPI) and see this remarkable … Continue reading

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Photographic Publishing in Canada – Review

Our March speaker, Norm Rosen, spoke on the status of photographic magazine publishing today in Canada. Norm is the current editor of Photo News. He spoke with great enthusiasm about the business of publishing photography magazines in Canada. Norm graduated … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons – Nitrate Film Stock

Toronto. In the late 1950s – early 1960s when I began to take photography seriously, I bought some 6 x 9 cut film stock for a Japanese knock-off of a Graflex I bought new  – the Rittreck  IIa camera. Decades … Continue reading

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One way to use a Collection

Toronto. I first met my friend Fritz Schulze when he was with C. Zeiss Canada and organized the Historical Microscopical Society of Canada (HMSC) which eventually was merged with an American society. Many HMSC members were also PHSC members since … Continue reading

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GE Exposure Meter Ad in Late 1945

Toronto. The advertisement for the GE exposure meter DW-28 in LIFE (Dec 17, 1945) was the third of three ads sent to me the other day by George Dunbar. In late February I did a series of posts on determining … Continue reading

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Colour Film for the Common Man

Toronto. George Dunbar is fascinated by LIFE magazine during 1945. Contrary to my earlier post, actual colour was occasionally used in LIFE ads. In its issue of October 16, 1944, for example, Ansco announced and demonstrated its colour sheet film … Continue reading

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Magic Lantern Society April 2017 Newsletter

Toronto.  I haven’t seen a Magic Lantern Society newsletter for some time now. Les Jones has thoughtfully sent along the April 2017 newsletter. The full name of the group is “The Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada“. … Continue reading

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Colouring Historic Photographs

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me this link showing colourized versions of historic Canadian photographs in the days when any practical photography was shot in black and white. It is fitting that this image at left is from the Great war. … Continue reading

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