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something’s wrong with this picture

Toronto. In 1992, the late Glenn Frey, released the album Strange Weather. Included was the song Love in the 21st Century which includes the above line. Frey was the front man and writer for the dysfunctional rock band the Eagles. When … Continue reading

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a beacon in the night …

Toronto. Happy Canada Day, everyone! As I mentioned in an earlier post, the 1950s saw a burst of inspiration in selling flash guns to the general public as a means to counter the rather anemic speed of the films of … Continue reading

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a flash in the pan

Toronto. For Christmas 1951 I received the gift of a Brownie Hawk-eye kit with a camera (box), a roll of 620  film, flash  bulbs, flash-gun, dry cells for the gun and a plastic protector to hang over the flash-gun in … Continue reading

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A Flash of Inspiration

Toronto. My good friend David Bridge recently did a study of a little flash synchronizer intended to be used in the days when flash bulbs were common but in-camera flash sync was not.  His comments prompted me to dig out … Continue reading

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Those were the days

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me an email the other day showing an American inauguration some 64 years ago. The photo shows a cluster of news photographers, most of whom appear to be using the venerable 4×5 Speed Graphic cameras and … Continue reading

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