Tag Archives: LIFE

Alice Austen of Staten Island, photographer

Toronto. George Dunbar dropped me a note the other day about an early American woman photographer who was discovered by a wider audience only near the end of her life. Like Vivian Maier, she embraced photography as a hobby, but took … 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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a tip of the hat to professionals

Toronto. LIFE magazine back on May 21, 1951 published an advertisement by Ansco on page 95 encouraging families to get a professional portrait taken – using Ansco products, of course. For reasons best known by the Ansco advertising agency, the … Continue reading

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all the news that’s FAKE to print …

Toronto. It is often thought that manipulation of photographs only happened after Photoshop and its ilk arrived on the scene. However, decades before Photoshop, a savvy darkroom expert could seamlessly blend or otherwise manipulate two or more negatives or prints … 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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Christmas ad for a Leica c1950

Toronto. Some time  back I did a post on Leitz finally getting  internal flash sync in their cameras. George Dunbar came across this LIFE ad in their November 27, 1950 issue suggesting the new Leica IIIf and a Leitz flash … Continue reading

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in my merry automobile …

Toronto. We had many home grown automobiles like the McLaughlin in Oshawa, the Tudhope in Orillia, the Whippet, etc. Some like the Brooks Steamer had American roots long before the auto pact or NAFTA. All are gone now or absorbed … 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 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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a hard lesson, a wet lesson

Toronto. In its February 20th issue for 1950, LIFE magazine posted this cheerful article about a photographer so busy capturing a shot of unfortunate skaters in London, England that he too broke through the pond ice. We often think of … Continue reading

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