Category Archives: miscellaneous

Toronto Mirage in 1894

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me an email the other day about a curious phenomenon which was deemed to be news-worthy when it happened in the summer of 1894 – a superior mirage. The city of Toronto was seen briefly by … Continue reading

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On a Clear Day,

Toronto. —You Can See Forever or so the song, about a girl with ESP, goes.  Leitz sold rangefinders even before the Leica began to be marketed in 1924. It was a simple camera at the time – no slow speeds, no … Continue reading

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Let There be Light

Toronto. In the late 1950s I bought a meter to compliment my Exakta. I looked at all the options offered and decided the best of the bunch was the Weston Master III. I bought it with the “invercone” that clips … Continue reading

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Alkaline Dry Cells

Toronto. I can remember when the Alkaline cells hit the market. They were touted as much more powerful and leak-proof to boot. The January 2nd, 2017 Globe and Mail had an article about Lewis Urry, born in Pontypool, Ontario and … Continue reading

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Happy New Year Everyone!

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PHSC Accomplishments in Recent Years

Toronto. As PHSC Webmaster, I intended to cover PHSC changes in 2016. On review of the year, I decided to go back a bit further. Executive We are truly blessed in the PHSC with a variety of willing and talented … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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A Modern Day Stereoscope?

Toronto. In a post the other day, George  Dunbar asked whether the Google Cardboard was the new modern-day stereoscope. We saw the Google Cardboard gadget back in February when Marissa Frosst demoed it at Ryerson. Your smartphone is used as … Continue reading

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Analog to Digital

Toronto. It is popular today to describe the old silver-based chemical processes we grew up with as “analog”. Photographer Tony Pickard in the fall 2016 issue of PhotoEd magazine wrote an article on converting and storing old analog photo materials as … Continue reading

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Archives and the Internet

Toronto. Last Wednesday, Mike Smith was our speaker and gave a postcard perspective on Goderich photographer Reuben R Sallows who was active in the late 1800s – early 1900s. Mike and co-author Larry Monring are writing a book on Sallows and postcards … Continue reading

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