Category Archives: camera

wally’s world

Toronto. The Wollensak home movie gear and home tape recorder were typical fodder for North Americans in the middle of the last century. The name was bought by Revere of Chicago and marketed enthusiastically with ads like this one at … Continue reading

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Tommy, can you hear me

Toronto. By the fall of 1960, Camera and material makers had tried hard to attract new amateurs to the photography fold. Slides, colour negatives, colour prints, movies, flash, built-in exposure meters, hand held exposure meters, pictures-in-a-minute, and more! All efforts … Continue reading

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taking care of business

Toronto. Winnepegger Randy Bachman has a great night time music program on the CBC Radio. When he was a member of the Bachman Turner Overdrive band, their song Taking Care of Business was a big hit. In a similar spirit, … Continue reading

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exploded Canon

Toronto. Peter Tchaikovsky wrote the hauntingly beautiful 1812 Overture using cannons to punctuate parts of his opus. Modern ensembles make do with kettle drums. All this came to mind when George Dunbar sent me the image of an exploded Canon … Continue reading

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a Canadian collection

Toronto. At our December meeting, Mark Singer suggested ways to categorize camera collecting. Having a very wide range of interests, Mark focusses one one segment of still camera collecting: cameras made in Canada. He demonstrated this with an example of … Continue reading

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same old… same old…

Toronto. In the 1950s, Samoca cameras were sold in a variety of models – all very similar, so the saying was that SAMOCA stood for SAMe Old Camera. Thanks to Ed Warner at the December meeting for bringing a quartet … Continue reading

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another Argus model. Another Ad.

Toronto. Argus tried bravely to stay competitive in the amateur photography world in the face of both national and international competition. This particular model as advertised in the May 30, 1960 issue of LIFE was a less expensive version Autronic … Continue reading

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deja vu all over again

Toronto. … as colourful catcher and coach for the Yankees, Yogi Berra¬†was tagged with this quote. In pursuit of history, my good friend George Dunbar spotted this anomaly in the age of digital – someone using a film/plate based Speed … Continue reading

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no direction home

Toronto. The c1937 sub miniature camera called the Compass is designed in the UK and made in Switzerland. It uses 35 mm film (cut or roll) in a full frame format. The design is the opposite of the 35mm camera … Continue reading

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clock work cameras

Toronto. Panoramic photographs were popular early to mid last century. Group shots were often the subject of panoramics. Various ways were used to create images with one extra long side – mostly horizontal but occasionally vertical. Cameras could be steady … Continue reading

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