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it’ll stunt yer growth …

Toronto. … said my little friend Harry as he puffed away. It was the 1940s and Harry was ahead of me in school in spite of his shorter stature.   This all came back to me when my fellow PHSC … Continue reading

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Photo News 28-4

Toronto. I opened Wednesday’s Globe at breakfast and to my delight I found my latest Photo News. As I went through the magazine, I realized that the best thing was that every article included useful ideas and tips with professionals … Continue reading

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boxed in for Guinness

Toronto. 1959 was a simpler time. No personal computers or smartphones. The head of IBM famously said a few years earlier that there was room for about 100 computers in the world since the massively slow and puny brutes were … Continue reading

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… and the winner is …

Toronto. Those of you who have been following the posts on this site know that my friend George Dunbar has been busy researching photographic history through the ads in American magazines such as LIFE from the middle of the last … Continue reading

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view view master master ad ad

Toronto. January 1959. The USA was digging into the space race and to capitalize on it, View-Master offered a special deal for a viewer and seven photos of a Vanguard Rocket being launched in Florida at Cape Canaveral plus three … Continue reading

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Photo News 28-3 (Autumn 2019) issued

Toronto. Last Wednesday, I was delighted to find the latest issue of Photo News in my Globe and Mail. The cover shot is by Viktoria Haack showing a girl sitting on a rock looking across a lake at glaciers and … Continue reading

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1958 – what a year! what a decade!

Toronto. On page 13 of the August 11, 1958 issue of LIFE magazine is the lead article touting the amazing rise of photography in the States (and, although left unmentioned in this American-centric magazine,  around the world, too) over the … Continue reading

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who needs Photoshop, anyway?

Toronto. A few days back, my friend, George Dunbar, sent me this picture from the Miscellany column, page 96 of the August 18th, 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. The photo shows how careful framing can trick the eye – just … Continue reading

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winning at all cost

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me this photograph from the Miscellany column (p 98) of the September 1, 1958 issue of Life magazine.  Three young Japanese boys “pretend” to hold up rails as a train passes over head, its wheels rumbling … Continue reading

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making a difference

Toronto. In the mid 1930s, the minicam revolution sparked the rush to miniaturization in photography. Post war, amateur photography’s fresh ideas were indoor photos and colour photos. Indoor photos made flash guns and flash bulbs big sellers. Companies like Sylvania marketed … Continue reading

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