Category Archives: miscellaneous

it was the season of Darkness

Toronto. A few days ago I suggested the smartphone camera is revolutionizing photography compared with what we grew up with in the days of film and 35mm cameras. This view was confirmed, emphasized and detailed by Matthew Panzarino’s definitive review … Continue reading

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The future’s so bright…

Toronto.  … I gotta wear shades is a nuclear holocaust song by Timbuk3. Apple’s recent announcement of the iPhone 8 and the anniversary model iPhone X (iPhone 10) celebrating a decade since the industry disrupting iPhone was first released, prompted me … Continue reading

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an essential tool in the mid last century

Toronto. Continuing yesterday’s theme on hand held exposure meters  (thanks George), this advertisement from Popular Photography’s April 1948 issue shows the famous Weston Master II meter. I bought in less than a decade later with the Master III. Both the … Continue reading

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A drum you can’t beat

Toronto. Yesterday I mentioned some darkroom stuff being auctioned this November. One of the items is a dark plastic tube with odd end caps. In the 1970s, colour chemistry was both expensive and short lived. The amateur photographer of the … Continue reading

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Cutting the Clutter

Toronto. Remember the family album or the old shoe box of prints? Like all families, mine and my wife’s folks would take out an album or a box and lovingly go over the pictures bringing back fond and not so … Continue reading

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Posters at an auction

Toronto. I used one of the few (only?) photographic posters under the hammer at Swann Galleries on August 2, 2017. The poster (Sale 2453, Lot 81) advertises glass plates by Jougla, or in French Plaques Jougla.  It translates to “Night … Continue reading

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Photography and Stamps

Toronto. George Dunbar has searched out some more vintage camera ads including one on how we once printed sheets of postage stamps. Do you remember when stamps were made from famous art or photos? This has been going on for … Continue reading

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GE Exposure Meter Ad in Late 1945

Toronto. The advertisement for the GE exposure meter DW-28 in LIFE (Dec 17, 1945) was the third of three ads sent to me the other day by George Dunbar. In late February I did a series of posts on determining … Continue reading

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A Puzzle Solved

Toronto. Back on March 10th, I posted George Dunbar’s Photo History based crossword puzzle. For those readers who were unable to solve things, George has offered this solution. As noted before, the puzzle background is the famous Paris street scene … Continue reading

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Photography Crossword

Toronto. My thanks to George Dunbar once again. George put some effort into creating a crossword that features hints known to photographic historians. I remember Stan White doing a puzzle (or a poem?) years ago. This is George’s second release … Continue reading

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