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wally’s world

Toronto. The Wollensak home movie gear and home tape recorder were typical fodder for North Americans in the middle of the last century. The name was bought by Revere of Chicago and marketed enthusiastically with ads like this one at … Continue reading

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Tommy, can you hear me

Toronto. By the fall of 1960, Camera and material makers had tried hard to attract new amateurs to the photography fold. Slides, colour negatives, colour prints, movies, flash, built-in exposure meters, hand held exposure meters, pictures-in-a-minute, and more! All efforts … Continue reading

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another Argus model. Another Ad.

Toronto. Argus tried bravely to stay competitive in the amateur photography world in the face of both national and international competition. This particular model as advertised in the May 30, 1960 issue of LIFE was a less expensive version Autronic … Continue reading

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wow – movies

Toronto. 8mm home movies were all the rage over a half century ago. Fuelled by cheap equipment, fast lenses, and colour film, movie gear was one dimension of a push for a share of the blossoming post war amateur market. … Continue reading

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Lights! Action! Camera!

LIFE Ad for the Argus M3 8mm movie camera (November 1959) Toronto. Ahhh, amateur home movies. In the 1930s and 40s well heeled families could shoot 16mm movies of family life. Post war, 8mm  and Super 8mm became common allowing … Continue reading

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view view master master ad ad

Toronto. January 1959. The USA was digging into the space race and to capitalize on it, View-Master offered a special deal for a viewer and seven photos of a Vanguard Rocket being launched in Florida at Cape Canaveral plus three … Continue reading

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great camera equals great photos… yeah, right

Toronto. The marketeers were at it again in the September 15, 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. Argus was busy marketing its latest marvel, the C-44 (C44) camera, replacing the awkward but loved old brick (C-3) and the follow-n C-4. The … Continue reading

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as easy to set as a clock…

Toronto. The old saying “lipstick on a pig” implies cosmetic changes to a product with little or no internal changes. Argus up graded the C-3 in various ways as the camera market evolved. The Match-Matic (sometimes shown as Matchmatic) added … Continue reading

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Bolex? Bollocks!

Toronto. Bolex from Paillard of Switzerland, was indeed the preeminent movie camera maker for 16mm and later 8mm cameras, but this spread (pp58-60) in the December 2, 1957 LIFE magazine sucks since it lists ONLY American dealers in spite of … Continue reading

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I don’t believe it!

Toronto. This was the catch phrase the old curmudgeon Mr. Meldrew used in  the decade long British  sitcom “One Foot in the Grave“. Meldrew was played by the Scottish actor Richard Wilson. When I saw this page 9 ad from … Continue reading

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