Category Archives: miscellaneous

PHS of NE

Toronto. A year before our society was established, the PHSNE began operations and like us are a non profit organization. They are exchange members with us since the early years of our organization. You can visit their new web site … Continue reading

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another brick in the wall

Toronto. After the war, in the late 1940s – 1950s, the USA tried to capture market share in cameras from the German industry. The result was print ads like you see here from the October 26, 1953 issue of LIFE … Continue reading

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photo-boo

Toronto. Happy Halloween every “body” 🙂 This studio shot is courtesy of my friend George Dunbar who emailed me this morning.

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Snoping out fauxtography

Toronto. Was this heat wave REALLY so hot that cars melted in Arizona? Does the claim pass the smell test? Yeah,right! For many years the Snopes site has helped us mere mortals perform a decent smell test. Our customers occasionally … Continue reading

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all the news that’s FAKE to print …

Toronto. It is often thought that manipulation of photographs only happened after Photoshop and its ilk arrived on the scene. However, decades before Photoshop, a savvy darkroom expert could seamlessly blend or otherwise manipulate two or more negatives or prints … Continue reading

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Bourke-White flogs RCA Projection-TV in 1949

Toronto. After the war ended in 1945, our main source of information remained newspapers and radio. No TV, no internet, Nada. We played board games, bought magazines, and read books. The exciting thing was the imminent arrival of TV in … Continue reading

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Buying photos and photo gear in Toronto in 1879

Toronto. Our city reached a population of over 86,000 in 1871, a few years before the City Directory of 1879 was published and distributed. Take a look at the Wikipedia entry shown for Toronto to see its interesting history. In … Continue reading

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and where did you buy photo supplies in 1909?

Toronto. Well, if you were here, you might have gone to J O Ramsey & Co Photo Supplies. This photo was taken in 1909 by Owen Staples (1866-1949) at the NE corner of Bay and Melinda. It was used by … Continue reading

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Daguerreian Society Annual – Indicies

Toronto. My thanks to Bob Lansdale for passing along two pdfs compiled by Mark S Johnson, retired editor of the Daguerreian Annual. Mark says, “I’m sending this “announcement” out as a “group e-mail” to friends. Feel free to pass it … Continue reading

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we also have a separate blog …

Toronto. I finally realized why the webmaster blog stopped letting me in. It was bought by Google who thoughtfully changed my password to a Google password. Now it is active again, have a look. The posts are my personal views … Continue reading

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