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photo books lost in California wild fire

Toronto. The local news focusses on the loss of life and property in the horrendous California wild fires but as sad as these losses are, other losses occur too. George Dunbar sent me a note that he had spotted on … Continue reading

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Daguerre by Gernsheim

Toronto. Dover Publications in New York made their name by reproducing select out of print books (those strange things you can read without recourse to technology … ) in soft cover using signature sewn pages and quality paper. Today books … Continue reading

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Corktown

Toronto. The city of Toronto is formed from many, many neighbourhoods, one of which in the south east area is known as Corktown (really). If you haven’t a clue about Corktown or its people, you need to read Coralina Limos’s … Continue reading

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and now for something completely different

Toronto. No, not the Flying Circus routines of Monty Python fame. A couple of decades ago I dealt with a small private publisher in Pennsylvania called Schiffer Publishing Ltd. I was interested in the quilting books they published. The books … Continue reading

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the great depression and photography

Toronto. As we enter into a tariff war once again, there is growing concern we will plunge into another massive depression. It is worth thinking about the last great depression world wide (the dirty 30s), culminating in the second world … Continue reading

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the first 35mm camera was?

Toronto. The late Thurman “Jack” Naylor of Massachusetts was a famous and well known collector of cameras and photographica in the States. In May of 1991 we had the pleasure of hosting Jack in Toronto where he gave a speech … Continue reading

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camera brochures

Toronto. Camera makers offered many, many brochures to explain the virtues of their products to the common man. I have a few these days, mostly published by Ihagee, Leitz, Hasselblad (or their importers and distributors), or Kodak. These brochures give … Continue reading

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a free lesson in optics

Toronto. In July, 1936 Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar published a free booklet called Lens Tables for use with the Leica Camera. The version I have was produced for and made available from the New York distributor for Leitz products. ¬†It … Continue reading

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focussing on specific fields of interest

Toronto. These two books by Alfred A Blaker are related to a 1965 book he wrote titled Photography for Scientific Publication. 1977’s Handbook for Scientific Photography is a complete rewrite of the original and covers the use of photography in … Continue reading

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pictorialism

Toronto. Many well known photographers of the late 19th and early 20th century embraced the off shoot of photography called pictorialism. A bit late to the game, but a prolific photographer and author,¬†William Mortensen joined the Hollywood fraternity in the … Continue reading

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