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A Broken Arrow and Photography

Toronto. In the late 1950s as I sat on a runway waiting for takeoff, the pilot announced that we could look out a cabin window and see the famous Avro Arrow about to take off. I was thrilled to see … Continue reading

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On Learning Photography and Photographic History

Toronto. I spent many years learning by trial and error how to make decent B&W photographs. Most of my learning came magazines and some how-to books, plus peppering knowledgeable friends with questions. My first book on the history side of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Canada!

Toronto. Member Harold Staats felt we should honour Canada Day this year with a portrait of Sir John A MacDonald, our first Prime Minister in 1867. This portrait was taken by our most famous photographic studio, Willam Notman. Notman began … Continue reading

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Fred Spira and Photographic History

Toronto. The late Fred Spira of New York City made his fortune and fame creating and selling inexpensive photographic lenses and accessories as well as importing many Japanese products from the late 1940s, all sold under the Spiratone brand. He … Continue reading

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CAMERA – A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital

Toronto. At our May 1999 meeting we had the pleasure of hearing Todd Gustavson talk about the Cameras of George Eastman House (GEH). A decade later in 2009, Todd published a book titled “CAMERA – A History of Photography from … Continue reading

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Remember the Polaroid Cameras?

Toronto. Edwin Land first offered the Polaroid Land “picture in a minute” Camera after WW2, a time when it took a week for the average person to receive prints from his photographs. I gave my dad a Polaroid in the … Continue reading

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The Virtual Reference Library

Toronto. I heard on the television news last night that one victim of the Wynne government’s success in “balancing the budget” was the Toronto Public Library (TPL). Funding was arbitrarily cut and the TPL seems unable to accommodate such a … Continue reading

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Photography Show – Arts & Letters Club Sunday

Toronto. Les Jones sent me an email on Thursday offering an invitation to view the Photography Show at the Arts & Letters Club this Sunday, April 30th from 1 – 4 pm. The show will run from April 30th through … Continue reading

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Canadian Historical Photographs

Toronto. George Dunbar dropped me an email the first of the week. George says, “A wonderful collection of historical photographs can be viewed at the Mahone Bay Museum (Nova Scotia) and web site” And it is indeed a wonderful site. … Continue reading

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Photographic Publishing in Canada – Review

Our March speaker, Norm Rosen, spoke on the status of photographic magazine publishing today in Canada. Norm is the current editor of Photo News. He spoke with great enthusiasm about the business of publishing photography magazines in Canada. Norm graduated … Continue reading

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