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ninety-nine percent sweat

Toronto. We find photographic collectibles in the darndest places – like non photographic auctions. Edison was said to define genius as one percent inspiration and  ninety-nine percent perspiration. If you search out auctions, like one at Skinners, and patiently drill down, … Continue reading

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PHSC News 19-09 for March 2020

Toronto. Our thought provoking editor Sonja Pushchak and team have whipped up another tasty dish of PHSC News in their latest iteration of our newsletter. Page 1 offers “The Power of any Illusion”; page 2 covers the ever popular Lorne … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Period

Toronto. Those of us who lust after Notman photos will welcome this book of the studio’s selected images from 1856-1915. Details for many Notman photographs reside in the McCord museum on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal, across from McGill University. The … Continue reading

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I use a Nikon …

Toronto. Many of our members are professional photographers – both active and retired folk. I remember (kinda) one member’s business card. It showed a WW2 bomber in a side view of the front gunnery. It read, “Some use a Canon … Continue reading

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a plethora of polaroids

Toronto. Every collection needs at least one Polaroid camera – I have two personally. And thanks to innovators in Europe and Japan, Polaroid colour packs can still be found. If your collection  suffers the  lack of a Polaroid camera – … Continue reading

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photography for squares

Toronto. From the beginning of photography prints were either landscape or portrait (i.e. rectangular). A full-plate was 8.5 x 6.5 inches. Then in the 1930s along came the famous Rollei twin lens reflex (TLR) with one viewing lens and one … Continue reading

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raising value

Toronto. Collecting photographica a half century ago was relatively inexpensive.  Few cameras were valued highly. Many bargains turned up in garage sales. Few books were available on the history of photography or cameras. There was no Ebay. No internet. One … Continue reading

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splish, splash, flash

Toronto. In the mid last century, these bulbs and guns were all the rage. They were replaced by cheap electronic flashguns that also went through changes. The mid blue coating on the bulbs allowed outdoor colour film to be used … Continue reading

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the case of the glassy-eyed collector …

Toronto. On a Sunday in mid March, the glassy-eyed collector staggered into a legion hall deep in the far SW corner of the big smoke. His bleary eyes cast around the room and to his amazement he saw that he … Continue reading

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picture me, picture you, picture auntie Sue

Toronto. We all have family photos.  Once  photo prices fell in the mid 1800s, CDVs were all the rage. When the market became saturated, studios moved to larger cards like the Cabinet cards. Albums became the way to hold and … Continue reading

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