Category Archives: processes

Kryptar B&W film

Toronto. Last Saturday, George Dunbar asked an interesting question, “Anyone ever heard of this film?” I certainly hadn’t. In 1948 I would have been in grade six and my family used only Kodak products as did most Canadians of the … Continue reading

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who needs Photoshop?

Toronto. George Dunbar has been very busy recently. He sent me this interesting news story recently. Here you can see how ¬†various newspapers interpreted a sighting of a comet back in late 1947 in Australia. Just click on the icon … Continue reading

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When photography meant chemistry

Toronto. Before digital photography came along, a good photographer used chemical solutions. The chemistry was a necessity – and a good photographer had to understand the chemical processes necessary for a successful photograph. In fact this skill was as important … Continue reading

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Ansco color ad 1947

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me this November 10th, 1947 LIFE magazine ad on Ansco Color. In the late 1950s I chose Ansco (called Anscochrome by then) transparencies for the colour photographs I would take while on assignment in Labrador since … Continue reading

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Colour for the masses

Toronto. In its 1947 LIFE magazine ad, Kodak tried to gain customers using two emerging themes: the growing popularity of 35mm; and the inroads of colour (both transparencies and prints). If a customer wasn’t ready to embrace colour, he could … Continue reading

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flash before electronic

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me another bunch of ads the other day. This one from the December, 1951 issue of Popular Photography brings back memories. I was in grade nine high school and for Christmas I was given a new … Continue reading

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March 3, 1947 photographic milestone

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me an email the other day showing the first announcement of Edwin Land’s picture in a minute process in the March 3, 1947 issue of LIFE I recently did a post on the impact this picture … Continue reading

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an early Walcott Daguerreotype?

Toronto. Photographic Canadiana editor Bob Lansdale prefers to collect old images rather than photographic hardware. Last Wednesday our January executive meeting was hosted at his home. Pre meeting we enjoyed seeing a few of the interesting images Bob has collected … Continue reading

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long before digital we had Polaroid!

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me a few old photography ads including this July 1950 Popular Photography¬†Polaroid ad. The Polaroid ad brought to mind many old memories. As a kid in Allandale, I had my first camera – an old Kodak … Continue reading

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A couple of colourful guys

Toronto. For centuries various folk speculated on how we see colour. The postulate of Tom Young hit it on the nail although he had no means to absolutely confirm his theory. In 1802, Young theorized that humans and other primates … Continue reading

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