Category Archives: camera

Happy Birthday Little Nikon

Toronto. If you meet a professional photographer today, chances are he uses a Nikon. This Japanese manufacturer was formed in 1917 with the amalgamation of three other optical companies. The new company was called Nippon Kogaku K.K. Their first camera lens … Continue reading

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When Freddie bought the Farm..

Toronto. … and Ernie bought the business. In the early to mid 1800s, most of my ancestors were still in England in the villages around London. The horse was the main mode of transportation, aside from ships for those daring enough … Continue reading

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Graflex Journal Issue 2 for 2017 published

Toronto. East coast American Graflex affectionado Ken Metcalf deserves a round of applause for his attractive and informative quarterly “Graflex Journal” which is offered free in pdf format. In his latest issue, 2-17, Ken provides a photo essay by our … Continue reading

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Come Fly with me – Falcon 1946 Ad

Toronto. The other day my friend George Dunbar sent me an ad from a June, 1946 issue of LIFE magazine. For many years various vendors offered this and similar cameras to attendees at our fairs. The cheap plastic cameras used … Continue reading

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Have you ever seen a Portrama?

Toronto.  Have you ever heard about or seen a strange  Polaroid camera called the Portrama? I had a call the other day from John Linsky, one PHSC’s founders. John found this odd looking camera at our trunk sale last Sunday. … Continue reading

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Imitation… Flattery… and all that

Toronto. Cameras basically offer a light-tight means to hold a sensitive media the correct distance from the lens, plus offering a means to allow a calculated  brief bit of light through the lens to properly illuminate the light sensitive media … Continue reading

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Kels of Vancouver in 1946 Pop Photography Ad

Toronto. My thanks to my friend George Dunbar for bringing this to my attention. According to an ad for Graflex in the June 1946 issue of Popular Photography, William Kels of Vienna emigrated to Vancouver BC in 1940 and became … Continue reading

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Can you spot the photographer?

Toronto. What a difference a century makes! The millennials of today with their ubiquitous smart phones are everywhere! A commercial jet lands on the Hudson river? Click! Click! Click! … A car crash occurs on the 401? Click! Click! Click! … Continue reading

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McKeown’s Camera Guide (online version) is progressing!

Toronto. Jim McKeown, co-author of McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, emailed me Sunday (yesterday) that the massive online update to his reference guide for camera collectors will  soon be ready for testing. The new title is “McKeown’s Camera Encyclopedia … Continue reading

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Robot Bomb Hit taken by Graflex Camera

Toronto. My friend George Dunbar enjoys browsing the web in search of photographic memorabilia. He recently discovered this Popular Photography for May, 1945 advertisement for a Speed-Graphic. The camera caught the effect of a V1 buzz bomb or doodlebug on a building … Continue reading

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