Category Archives: camera

a flash in the pan

Toronto. For Christmas 1951 I received the gift of a Brownie Hawk-eye kit with a camera (box), a roll of 620  film, flash  bulbs, flash-gun, dry cells for the gun and a plastic protector to hang over the flash-gun in … Continue reading

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The Diana Instant Square

Toronto. Those of you who have frequented our fairs have seen many versions of the 1960s Diana camera over the years. It was a cheap little film camera taking 120 film. The folks at Lomography USA have embraced the little … Continue reading

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Christmas ad for a Leica c1950

Toronto. Some time  back I did a post on Leitz finally getting  internal flash sync in their cameras. George Dunbar came across this LIFE ad in their November 27, 1950 issue suggesting the new Leica IIIf and a Leitz flash … Continue reading

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the world’s most exciting camera in 1950?

Toronto. In its October 30th, 1950 advertisement in LIFE magazine, Polaroid touted its camera as “The World’s Most Exciting” and “this year’s most wanted [Christmas] gift“. While this was typical marketing fluff, Polaroid was right. In a world used to … Continue reading

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would you rather a Kodak 35 to a wet plate camera?

Toronto. In late October, 1950, LIFE magazine ran an ad for Seagram’s American version of  Gin called Ancient Bottle Gin. To promote it as a modern drink, the ad suggested you would more likely prefer a snappy modern Kodak 35 … Continue reading

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a marketeer’s dream assignment …

Toronto. A while back I posted a note about Ansco’s answer to Kodak’s baby Brownie – the Ansco Panda. In this summer 1950 LIFE ad (thanks George!) the marketeers promote the little beauty with FOUR Ansco films at a special … Continue reading

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Spartus Press Camera – yeah, right!

Toronto. We saw many of these little plastic box cameras drift through our fairs over the years. Sold from Chicago by the Spartus Camera Corporation, this inexpensive model was more marketing puffery than technology. The flash was built-in as was … Continue reading

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a fair deal for all

Toronto, We held our most recent spring photographica-fair (about the 44th time) last Sunday. Bob Lansdale and I arrived  a bit before 9am and checked out the exhibitors as they set up their tables ready for the 10:00 am opening. … Continue reading

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famous pix revisited

Toronto. Well trust my good friend George Dunbar to find unusual and interesting web sites related to photography! George spotted the Atlas Obscura site the other day and dropped me an email. The article is called “Miniature Models of History’s … Continue reading

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the smartphone as a camera has arrived

Toronto. Well, you know a fad has arrived in the mainstream when it begins to be lampooned. I saw a few smartphone camera comics and cartoons over the past months, then Monday morning a friend of mine out in Calgary … Continue reading

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