Toronto. Editor Robert Lansdale has wrapped up another fascinating issue of Photographic Canadiana. This issue was packaged May 9th, ready to be mailed this week. I was treated with a personal delivery by editor Lansdale.
The front cover shows a recently found ambrotype by Eli Palmer of Toronto. The subject is a pair of youngsters. The studio shot includes a chair and table used by Palmer in other portraits. The construction of the Ambrotype is very elaborate making this portrait equal or higher in cost to a daguerreotype of the period.
The President’s Message by Clint Hryhorijiw wraps up another fiscal year of our society. The lead article by Irwin Reichstein of Ottawa is a biography of photographer John Hampden Field, sub titled The Odd Career of an Odd Fellow.
Toronto Notes covers the reviews of the three presentations given to members this past quarter. Our March 20th Auction is covered by a photo essay. Clint’s column, A Treasure from my Collection… discusses a rare prototype camera, the Kodak SV8300 Still Video Camera dated June 1988 (see icon for this post). This camera was trialled by Kodak at a time when film was still prominent and was shelved as inapropriate. Another well researched article by the editor and Louise Freyburger discusses the works of James Penrose.
Shelley Sweeney of the University of Manitoba Archive discusses some rare photographs found in Australia. This article is complemented by a reprint of an 1878 Manitoba Daily Free Press article discussing the impact of the CP railway passing through and servicing Manitoba population centres.