PRESS

PHSC Press is a new service under PHSC member and secretary, John Morden. Our objective is to publish books on Canadian photographic history. All earnings will offset the cost of the PHSC services including Photographic Canadiana, Newsletters, education and awards.


Baltzly-Book-smToronto, October 3, 2013. John Morden (press@phsc.ca) is pleased to announce the first book published by PHSC Press is now available. Secure the Shadow, by Robert G. Wilson is the exciting story of the life of Benjamin Baltzly.

Earlier  books on this 19th century photographer such as Andy Birrell’s have covered Baltzly’s very successful work for Notman in the wilds of British Columbia in 1871. Dr. Wilson for the first time delves into Baltzly’s life from his early years in the USA, time spent in Canada through to his death back home in the states. The book is in full colour and profusely illustrated. 75 pages, soft cover. $45.00. Shipping Canada $3.50. Copies may be ordered via press@phsc.ca and paid via cheque or PayPal.

The book can also be picked up at a local meeting. Please email press@phsc.ca> for USA and International postage.


Eaton Drug c1910 Catalogue Photographic Gear

Toronto, October 31, 2017. When I was a kid and a young adult Eaton’s was the store in Canada. Eaton’s and Simpson’s were on either side of Queen West at Yonge Street. The new Eaton’s College Street blocks north on Yonge never caught on due to the depression but the Carlu room – and the restaurant – were scrumptious. In the early days of the last century, Eaton’s tried to be the store for everyone with its catalogue. Missing were cameras and supplies. To that end, Eaton’s offered a separate catalogue of Cameras & Photographic Supplies.  The original catalogue belongs  to Robert Wilson who loaned it to the PHSC to have copies made and included in a 25th anniversary issue of Photographic Canadiana back in 1999.

My thanks to John Morden who photocopied the booklet (available here as a free pdf). It includes a reference to the history of the stores as well. Browse through the little booklet to see the variety of cameras and darkroom materials offered over a century ago by one of Canada’s most famous businesses.


Toronto, March 14, 2018. John Morden (press@phsc.ca)  has issued the 1888 E & H T Anthony catalogue in pdf format which can be downloaded here for free.

E & H T Anthony was the biggest and most prestigious American photographic supplier in the 19th century. As such, this catalogue offers insight into the equipments and materials available in North America during the late 1880s. Near the end of the 19th century Eastman and Kodak became serious competition. In fact, in the next century Kodak superseded Anthony as the leading photographic supplier on the continent.