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seeing double – again

Toronto. Stereo seems to wax and wan in popularity. Around the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, stereo was very popular – the television and movies of the day. It disappeared and shot to popularity once … Continue reading

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let’s all go to the movies

Toronto. As giant screen 4k televisions and a plethora of other computer based screens proliferate, the noisy ad-filled movie house seems destined for the ash can of history – a novelty dragged out to show kids how we were in … Continue reading

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a Graphic in your future?

Toronto. Following on yesterday’s post, the Graflex gang also caught the Christmas spirit and recommended their gear as the perfect Christmas gift on page 17 in the December 6th issue of LIFE magazine. Besides their traditional big Pacemaker Graphic press … Continue reading

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Bolex joins the game

Toronto. After the world-wide 1929 stock market crash ushered in the great depression, many small companies failed. BOL SA, founded by Jacques Bogopolsky, was one of them. A Swiss company, it made cameras for cine. Paillard SA made watch parts, … Continue reading

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the age of selenium begins

Toronto. In February and September of 2017 I wrote a number of posts about photographic meters. One of our long time members was rummaging through his collection when he came across his M-OS Rhamstine Electrophot. This meter led him to … Continue reading

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An Ansco under the tree meant heaven above …

Toronto. After the war, every camera maker seemed to jump on the minicam (35mm) bandwagon. Many quickly adopted the standard of a leaf shutter, none interchangeable but focusing 45mm lens, and perhaps flash synchronization. Usually rangefinders and faster lenses were … Continue reading

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whatever happened to Press King and its maker?

Toronto. At last month’s meeting – our annual Show and Tell – one of our members brought along his vintage Press King. The 4×5 camera has a Kalart rangefinder mounted on the side and a leaf shutter and lens on … Continue reading

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movies, anyone?

Toronto. Continuing on with the LIFE and movies theme, Bell and Howell of Chicago was a respected professional movie equipment maker. They added a consumer line pre-war (Filmo). Post-war they dumbed down the consumer cameras and ads – the cameras … Continue reading

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soupe du jour

Toronto. Post war everyone had catching up to do. Wages, telephones, cars, home appliances, televisions and cameras.  In the 1950s the next big thing was home movies. Kodak and its competitors sold 8mm film in both black and white and … Continue reading

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through the glass darkly

Toronto. As a kid I often saw ads for a Kalart after market rangefinder. This little gadget was bolted on the side of a Speed Graphic.  I never thought of Kalart as a camera maker. At our Show and Tell … Continue reading

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