Category Archives: history

New York in 1914 with the prototype Leica camera

Toronto. On the eve of the Great War, the son and namesake of Ernst Leitz, Ernst Leitz II, arrived  in the Big Apple with the novel tiny ur-Leica created by Oskar Barnack. Leitz took a number of street scenes with … Continue reading

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a great smoke

Toronto. Many of us are unaware that the U.S. civil war prompted Britain to establish our country in 1867. Ulysses  S Grant led the North in the fierce battle over slavery. This CdV is stored in the archive of the … Continue reading

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home movies over 60 years ago

Toronto. Back in January of this year I did a post on DeJur and their 1954 ad in LIFE Two years later they are still banging away at home movies via an ad in LIFE.  As mentioned in my January … Continue reading

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fresh eggs

Toronto. A few decades ago at Bell I had a boss who suggested I run with my suggestion. “After all”, he said, “it’s your fresh egg”. Have you ever noticed that be it cars, cameras, microscopes, sewing machines, radios, televisions, or … Continue reading

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keep on truckin’

Toronto. Items from the website Fans in a Flashbulb have appeared here before. The site is a blog and like our site, uses WordPress to format the site and add posts. In the about menu item, the site defines itself … Continue reading

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remember Kodachrome?

Toronto. It’s been a decade now since Kodak shut down the Kodachrome film line and nearly nine years since the last Kodachrome processing facility closed.  In its glory days, people used Kodachrome for their best work. It was contrasty, slow, … Continue reading

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an EXCELlent way to entertain before TV

Toronto. In the 1930s and 40s we had radio, but what could excite home entertainment like the movies? How about a movie projector and some inexpensive commercial films? Many companies made and promoted home movies. One firm was Excel in … Continue reading

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don’t cry over spilt milk

Toronto. In 1957 an Engineer at M.I.T. perfected this image of the corona created by a drop of milk falling on a flat surface. The image, by Dr Harold Edgerton, is one of 100 images chosen by TIME magazine. The … Continue reading

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photos from paradise

Toronto. The AGO was the recipient of a trove of Caribbean history. To quote the AGO, “Spanning 100 years of history and featuring more than 3,500 photographs from the Wider Caribbean Region including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, The Montgomery Collection … Continue reading

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a different look at street photography

Toronto. My good friend George Dunbar diligently searches for photographic items on the internet. This time he came up with a doozy. We usually think of street photography in terms of photographers capturing people as they walk along a thoroughfare … Continue reading

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