Category Archives: history

four, square, and fake?

Toronto. With the ever challenging push for market share, Kodak slayed inept film changing with its Kodapak 126 for Instamatics and the flash bulb fumble with a four pack of mini flash bulbs in its flashcube that goes off and … Continue reading

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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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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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ghosties and ghoulies …

Toronto. … and things that go bump in the night. An old saying to scare children silly in the days before electrical lighting. In the 19th century, few people understood exactly how photography worked. These folk often fell victim to … Continue reading

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idiot proofing film loading

Toronto. The giant Kodak corporation of mid last century dictated film sizes and packaging. One of their extensive studies showed that amateurs had a difficult time changing film. To simplify this task, Kodak invented the instamatic film pack. This 126 … Continue reading

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by the light …

Toronto. … of the silvery moon. said the old song long long ago.  On the night of December 20, 2010 we were on the eve of an eclipse. Tripod in hand, I took this image with a Leitz Telyt 20cm … Continue reading

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I, said the page …

Toronto. … beginning to fade. A line in the song dedicated to the late Marilyn Monroe called, “Who Killed Norma Jean” sung by Pete Seeger, in answer to the question, “who will soon forget?”.  In this age of digital photography, … Continue reading

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