Category Archives: miscellaneous

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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another victim of the digital wave

Toronto. When was the last time you made a Xerox copy? Can’t remember? You are not alone. I think it was a couple of decades ago for me. I usually just pop the paper or papers in my Canon All-in-one … Continue reading

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Happy New Year Everyone!

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Seasons Greetings Christmas 2017

Toronto. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the Photographic Historical Society of Canada (PHSC). This trio of snowmen are one of the many cards you can purchase from Current Catalog.

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Halifax Explosion Dec 6 1917

Toronto. Just after 9 am in the morning, 100 years ago, Halifax was rocked with a massive explosion that killed almost 2,000 residents – mostly children and youths – and severely injured some 9,000 more. A French munitions ship from … Continue reading

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marking each day …

Toronto. We make regular use of patent drawings in our various research endeavours and publications to illustrate and validate once new and unique objects and processes – cameras, lenses, darkroom apparatus, prints, etc. Many days, the Globe and Mail, on … Continue reading

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… but it works!

Toronto. When the Canadian Anti-spam Law (CASL) was enacted, I saw more red tape to keep track of requests for our newsletter. After reading Michael Geist’s article in today’s Globe on the progress of CASL,  I was impressed. Indeed, the … Continue reading

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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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