Undeveloped WW2 Film Discovered

WW2 Tank from RescuedFilm.com

Toronto. My friend, PHSC member, photographer, and fair exhibitor, Harold Staats, sent me an email the end of last month with a link to a YouTube video describing the latest rescued film project – a whopping 31 rolls of 616 film taken by an American soldier during WW2 and never developed.

Like Harold, Russ Forfar is a PHSC member. Russ too sent me links to the Rescued film project which I posted on September 29, 2016 and on October 19, 2016 (this post, from Al Jazeera, uses extracts from the same video). Have a look at these two posts and the 10 minute video above to see what one person is doing to preserve images that would otherwise be lost forever!

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2017 Photo NYC Fair

Photo NYC Fair March 31 2017

Toronto. Friday, March 31, 2017 is the NYC Photo Fair being held in The Watson Hotel on 57th Street in the Big Apple.

This show is coordinated by Mary L Martin Ltd and finedags.com.

Drop by to add to your image collection and enjoy the restaurants and events in the Big Apple.

Click here or on the icon at left for a list of dealers planning to attend and further information.

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NSA Summer Convention

Toronto. My friend Bob Wilson, our resident authority on stereo, Sent me a note a few days ago regarding the National Stereographic Association (NSA).

Its convention will be held this coming August in Irvine California on August 8 – 17, 2017. Drop down and enjoy the seaside beaches and warm summer sun near Los Angeles as well as the chance to see and buy more stereo devices and images for your collection.


Use your stereo glasses if you can’t “free view”

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Graflex Advertising in LIFE Magazine

Graflex ad in LIFE Magazine August 13, 1945

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me these historic ads for the famous Graflex cameras used by Photo-jouralists back in the 1920s through 1950s. Both LIFE ads are from two August 1945 issues. By the time these issues were printed, the War in Europe was over and the big news was the atomic bombs dropped days earlier on Japan.

Ironically magazines of the day needed three months or more lead time. So World War 2 was still being fought in Europe and continued in Japan when the lead time closed. The earlier issue hit the newsstands after the War in Europe was over (May 8, 1945). And the War in Japan ended August 15, 1945, between the two issues. Continue reading

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Photographic Publishing in Canada

Norm Rosen, Editor,Photo News Magazine

TorontoNEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, March 15, 2017
Norm Rosen – Photographic Publishing in Canada

Norm is the editor of Photo News, a Canadian Magazine published quarterly. If any of you subscribe to the Globe and Mail, you have seen the  beautiful PHOTO News magazine insert from time to time.

Come out and hear Norm’s talk on the photographic publishing business in Canada. He has over three decades of experience as an editor, photographer, and teacher.

The public is welcome. Go to our Programs page for times and directions.

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Camerama Show March 26, 2017

Camerama Show March 26, 2017

Toronto. My friend and PHSC member Gary Perry sent me a note Thursday reminding everyone that his latest Camerama Show will take place on the last Sunday of March (March 26th) at the Edward Village Hotel in Toronto.

Click the icon or here to see his poster with full details.

To order table contact Gary by email  or at 905 550-7477.

Drop by and pick up some items for your collection.

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Vancouver panoramas

Part of Vancouver Funeral Panorama

Toronto. George Dunbar found this link to a number of old Vancouver panoramas in the City of Vancouver Archives and sent it to me last Tuesday.

While I have done a few posts on the panoramas (Clocks for Seeing,Groupies,W. J Moore Panorama Photographs, etc.), this one is still an interesting collection. I watch Knowledge Network in Vancouver each weekend. Knowledge often features these old Vancouver panoramas.

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Pictures for an Auction March 19, 2017

Kodak Lamp Auction Photo

Toronto. The latest PHSC auction will take place this month. These are some of the items to be auctioned (shown here on our web site – click the small icon that comes up to see the slide show and then click on any small photo for a full size picture of the item.

First out of the block was this attractive Kodak Art Deco Lamp shade. I will post more pictures to the slide show as they are received.

Meantime, see you March 19th, 2017 at the Legion Hall 101 in Long Branch for our General Consignment Auction. Click here for details (and our new poster).

Click the above icon for slide show of some of the items to be auctioned.


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a missed opportunity

Front and back of a Luna-Pro exposure meter (courtesy Ollinger’s Collection)

Toronto. When it burst on the scene in the early 1960s, the Gossen Lunasix (Luna-Pro over here) solved the problem of low light readings. Using the recently released Cadmium Sulphide (CdS) photo cell, the meter was both accurate and sensitive. Unlike its predecessor, the Selenium Photo Cell, the CdS cell did not generate an EMF (act like a battery when illuminated). Instead the cell varied its resistance as the light varied.

Gossen made a pricy meter (About $65 when I bought one) but still used a very primitive circuit. Two mercury cells were placed in series with a meter and a resistance. A switch flipped a scale and another resistor in or out to create a two scale instrument for high and low light use. A built-in translucent dome could be moved over the CdS cell to make it an incident light meter. The meter was still a big handful compared to the dainty but sturdy Weston meters. Continue reading

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… and a touch of Selenium

Weston 650 exposure meter c1938

Toronto. In setting a dry plate or roll film camera for a particular scene, the toughest part of all was to determine the light value so the aperture and speed could be estimated. In 1935, Weston Electric Instrument Corporation in Newark NJ (founded in 1888) developed the famous model 650 Universal Exposure Meter.

This wonderful device used a selenium cell to determine the light value then used the traditional nomograph dials to select the film speed, aperture, and shutter speed. An innovation was to use settings either side of the main pointer (a, b) and (u, o) to aid in determining the dynamic range of the scene or compensate for the meter position.

I first learned of Weston meters as a young kid when a friend of mine gave me an old Weston iron-vane “true RMS” meter (0-150v and 0-300v) once used in the General Electric factory quality assurance department at Barrie.  A few years later, I acquired this DC voltmeter (0-30v) made c1900 that once graced the Collingwood, Ontario Bell Telephone Company of Canada test panel. It is the size of a dinner plate and about 4 inches deep.

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