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mirror, mirror

Toronto. Leitz is a perfectionist company. The original screw mount and bayonet mount rangefinder cameras used a rangefinder (RF) focussing mechanism. This RF was most accurate for 13.5cm lenses and shorter. In 1935, Leitz introduced the Telyt 20cm lens and … Continue reading

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mystery photo

Toronto. At our December meeting, Margaret offered a mystery photograph she bought years ago at 10 Editions (I used to visit this bookstore when it was at the corner of Runnymede and Bloor in Bloor West Village. There were many … Continue reading

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a tribute to Boris

Toronto. Boris spoke with the PHSC at our March 2001 meeting. His book was underway when he died and his girls completed it. At our December meeting daughter Diana did a presentation on the book and Boris. She has a … Continue reading

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THA this Saturday with Wendy Smith

Toronto. This Saturday, October 19th, 2019 the Toronto Historical Association (THA) will host a talk on old Toronto by Historian Wendy Smith at Campbell House on the north west corner of Queen and University. Please RSVP at info@torontohistory.net to be … Continue reading

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a model photographer

Toronto. The Globe Thursday announced the death Tuesday of photographer Peter Lindbergh at 74. The Globe published an obituary carried by the New York Times News Service.  He was remembered by the Duchess of Sussex with this rare personal photo. … Continue reading

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le magasin des Galeries Lafayette de Paris en 1912

Toronto. What a wonderful use of photography – and architecture! A 1912 photograph shows how the Lafayette Galaries (retail department store) used natural lighting at their flagship store in Paris with this beautiful dome. The new store opened in 1912. … Continue reading

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you’ve come a long way!

Toronto. Most of the title was the motto of Benson and Hedges’ new (1960s) brand of cigarettes “Virginia Slims“. By the 1960s cigarettes were at their height of fashion and popularity but clouds were on the horizon. A key demographic … Continue reading

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photography & immigration

Toronto. Vincenzo Petropaolo, author, photographer, PHSC member and PHSC speaker has been invited by the North Toronto Historical Society and the Northern District Library to give the above presentation beginning at 7:30 pm this coming April 24th, at the TPL … Continue reading

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we are old

Toronto In 1925, when this photograph was taken, photography was less than a century  old. Fredrick Brigden and his wife had emigrated here in the 1870s from England. He was an engraver by trade and established a small engraving firm here … Continue reading

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words, words, words

Toronto. I put our first website online over two decades ago on April, 1996. A few years ago, in 2006 or 7, I began an investigation of means to simplify maintenance and updates to our web site so it would … Continue reading

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