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TPHS Newsletter April 2017

Toronto. The Photographic Historical Society (TPHS) across the lake in Rochester often have interesting speakers as befits the home of Kodak. Click here or on the upper left icon to read this excellent issue and learn the history of the Blair … Continue reading

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Kodak Professional DCS History

Toronto. Nowadays we recognize the early digital cameras as collectibles.  The DSLR has become a staple of the professional. With smart phones everyone has a camera – still and video – constantly at hand. A few days ago my friend John … Continue reading

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Diana+

Toronto. In the 1960s, a Hong Kong plastics company offered a toy camera called the  Diana. The camera had a cheap plastic meniscus lens and used 120 roll film. All but a few pieces of the shutter mechanism were made … 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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Tribute to Matt Isenburg

Toronto. Our own Bob Lansdale was the official photographer for the Daguerreian Society for many years. This edition of their quarterly (29-1) January – March 2017 has numerous pages in remembrance of Matthew Isenburg (the quarterly’s distribution is limited to … Continue reading

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… and a touch of Selenium

Toronto. In setting a dry plate or roll film camera for a particular scene, the toughest part of all was to determine the light value so the aperture and speed could be estimated. In 1935, Weston Electric Instrument Corporation in … Continue reading

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Pictures a century ago

Toronto. Mo Patz dropped me a note from BC yesterday. Maureen was president of our Toronto chapter which folded into the national chapter many year sago. Mo writes, “A friend of mine in the States just sent me this e-mail … Continue reading

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50 Muybridge plates go for $62,500 US

Toronto. I received an email the other day from Ms Daile Kaplan of Swann Galleries talking about their latest sale of photographs and books by auction. She says, “On Valentine’s Day we offered Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks, precisely 65 … Continue reading

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A 1904 Wedding movie captures four photographers

Toronto. George Dunbar turns up the most unusual sources. The other day he suggested we look a a web site for the American National Public Radio (NPR). The NPR site published this article by Colin Dwyer yesterday (February 16. 2017) called “WATCH: … Continue reading

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Vancouver Camera Swap Meet April 2nd, 2017

Toronto. Tonchi Martinic of the Vancouver Society sent me a note announcing the Vancouver Camera Swap Meet this coming April 2nd, 2017. This is the show Siggi ran for many years before passing it on to Tonchi. If you can’t … Continue reading

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