Monthly Archives: June 2019

a kludge of clones

Toronto. In the late 1930s, a Chicago man embarked on a program to create inexpensive cameras and the Spartus Camera Corporation was born. One of the many cameras to emerge was a bakelite wonder that sold under a variety of … Continue reading

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an EXCELlent way to entertain before TV

Toronto. In the 1930s and 40s we had radio, but what could excite home entertainment like the movies? How about a movie projector and some inexpensive commercial films? Many companies made and promoted home movies. One firm was Excel in … Continue reading

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my my mamyia

Toronto. In its hey-day Mamiya made high end cameras – subminiature 16mm, 35mm, TLRs and medium format press cameras. At a recent PHSC auction the Mamiya Press Universal camera was in one lot. This version is a rangefinder model, with … Continue reading

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bulking it up

Toronto. In a recent auction, there was a memory of a by-gone era. One lot featured a couple of Watson 66 bulk film loaders. The one on the left of the large image appears to be a 1950s era loader … Continue reading

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PHSC June 2019 Presentation – Erin Gregory

NEXT MEETING: Wed June 19th, 2019 The Imperial Royal Flying Corps –Erin Gregory. Erin discusses the Corps’s experiences in Canada during 1917-8. Click the PHSC News page 2 icon attached at left for details. Come on out and share an … Continue reading

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PHSC News for June 2019

Toronto . The latest volume (19-02) was distributed Friday via Monkey Mail (MailChimp) to over 1,800 emails. Editor Sonja Pushchak and husband John Morden pulled together another exciting issue. Page one features Nuptialography – a nod to June brides everywhere. Page … Continue reading

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don’t cry over spilt milk

Toronto. In 1957 an Engineer at M.I.T. perfected this image of the corona created by a drop of milk falling on a flat surface. The image, by Dr Harold Edgerton, is one of 100 images chosen by TIME magazine. The … Continue reading

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a summer newsletter from Europe

Toronto. It’s finally summer here in the big smoke. Our friends at the European Society for the History of Photography Association (ESHPh) have been exchange members for many years. This is their summer 2019  International Letter. Have a look and … Continue reading

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photos from paradise

Toronto. The AGO was the recipient of a trove of Caribbean history. To quote the AGO, “Spanning 100 years of history and featuring more than 3,500 photographs from the Wider Caribbean Region including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, The Montgomery Collection … Continue reading

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known by good lenses alone

Toronto. In the mid last century, marketeers from camera companies strived to give their products a tag line making them the prime choice for fussy consumers. Voigtlander was no different, They came up with the tag line “because the lens … Continue reading

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