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a marketeer’s dream assignment …

Toronto. A while back I posted a note about Ansco’s answer to Kodak’s baby Brownie – the Ansco Panda. In this summer 1950 LIFE ad (thanks George!) the marketeers promote the little beauty with FOUR Ansco films at a special … Continue reading

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Spartus Press Camera – yeah, right!

Toronto. We saw many of these little plastic box cameras drift through our fairs over the years. Sold from Chicago by the Spartus Camera Corporation, this inexpensive model was more marketing puffery than technology. The flash was built-in as was … Continue reading

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the little Ansco Panda

Toronto. In the mid 1900s the vast majority of folk bought Kodak cameras and films. For the rebels (and second string stores) there were Ansco cameras and films. The Kodak Baby Brownie came out in 1934 and was made under … Continue reading

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Photographic Canadiana 43-4 out soon

Toronto. Our final issue for the 2017/8 membership year will hit the mail by month end. Members will see this beautiful issue early next month at the latest. Not a member? No problem, just go to the top right hand … Continue reading

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Mick-A-Matic Toy Camera

Toronto. A few weeks ago John Linsky lent me two cameras and two books. The idea of making cameras for children began in the early days of the 20th century when Kodak introduced¬†¬†the Browne line in 1900, packed in boxes … Continue reading

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Beautiful Teco 5 Box Camera

Toronto. On Wednesday I had an email from Noel Machado with a question about this gorgeous box camera branded as a Teco Model 5. To my knowledge, most cameras of that era made with a varnished wood exterior and brass … Continue reading

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Box Cameras

Toronto. Today is Boxing day – or week, or month depending on the marketing pitch! Regardless, it is a fitting day to remember the box camera. I had box cameras as a kid – old Kodaks I took apart; a … Continue reading

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