Tag Archives: Kodak

when home movies were analogue

Toronto. Before fancy digital cameras and smartphones became common place, photography needed film. To address the blossoming interest in home movies (and to sell the special movie film) camera companies offered special movie cameras that accepted the tiny reels of 16mm … Continue reading

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all that glitters

Toronto. Kodak was fond of using medals for various reasons, so we saw nothing unusual when a LIFE ad the spring of 1953  (pp68-69) used such a medallion to announce the 65th anniversary show of Kodak snapshot cameras (the first … Continue reading

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Ansco camera ad in 1953

Toronto. Ah! Ansco. This ad appeared in 1953, about 25 years before Ansco became GAF (it was a subsidiary of GAF since 1939).  Never strong up here, one bought Ansco to avoid the leader of good inexpensive cameras – Kodak. … Continue reading

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the eve of destruction

Toronto. Ahh, the 1960s. I remember them well. One big hit in 1965 was the iconic song The Eve of Destruction sung by Barry McGuire. Sadly, unlike the song’s writer, the late P. F. Sloan, McGuire was a “one hit wonder”. … Continue reading

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a hoot at the boot – our 8th trunk sale

Toronto. Bob Lansdale gave me a call last week to see if I was going to the trunk sale Sunday. I agreed to go and Bob suggested if we arrived around 10am that would be great. I picked Bob up … Continue reading

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freezing motion at slow shutter speeds

  Toronto. In the days of film, photographers used a trick to freeze a subject into sharp focus – scanning.  An article in a very old issue of LIFE magazine (Sept 17, 1951, p 121) shows the effect at a … Continue reading

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would you rather a Kodak 35 to a wet plate camera?

Toronto. In late October, 1950, LIFE magazine ran an ad for Seagram’s American version of  Gin called Ancient Bottle Gin. To promote it as a modern drink, the ad suggested you would more likely prefer a snappy modern Kodak 35 … Continue reading

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a child’s camera for Christmas

Toronto. My friend George Dunbar sent me an email the other day that got me thinking of my childhood. Like the Ansco Panda, Kodak’s Baby Brownie was targeted at children, especially around Christmas and birthdays. When I was in grade … 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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pushing colour prints postwar …

Toronto. 3 years after the war was over (and then some) the average person preferred black & white prints over colour because of two things: cost and resolution. To promote colour, Kodak embarked on a strong advertising campaign. The company … Continue reading

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