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Louis who? Movies before Edison?

Toronto. Thanks to my good friend George Dunbar who emailed me when he found this insightful article. Back in August 29, 2013, the British National Science+Media Museum website in Bradford, UK posted the article by Kieron Casey. Casey suggested that … Continue reading

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really, really, close close-ups

Toronto. Like a few other camera factories, Leitz is known for its microscopes. For years the makers of microscopes also made camera like devices to mount on the microscope and record little parts highly magnified. A few years after the … Continue reading

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Juno Beach 75 years ago today

Toronto. June 6th, 1944 was a memorable day. The famous D-Day landings took place on the beaches of Normandy. Canada took Juno Beach in a spectacular fashion. Editor Bob Lansdale has made it his challenge to see that the event … Continue reading

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first 8mm magazine loading movie camera

Toronto. Remember the Revere movie camera? Sure we do! Remember the Briskin 8? The what? Never heard of it. The Briskin 8 was created by the son of the owner of Revere, Ted Briskin, when he decided to branch out … Continue reading

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a head for news

Toronto. In the 1950s TV was rapidly taking hold as a source for daily news (not the mess of so called “entertainment” we see today amongst the plethora of commercials). Newsreels of the day were shot on film in clips, … Continue reading

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let’s all go to the movies

Toronto. As giant screen 4k televisions and a plethora of other computer based screens proliferate, the noisy ad-filled movie house seems destined for the ash can of history – a novelty dragged out to show kids how we were in … Continue reading

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Pepita Ferrari 1952 – 2018

Toronto. At the end of last year, we lost another great Canadian photographer, Pepita Ferrari. The NFB fondly remembers this great documentary film maker, producer, and author. Her obituary article appeared in the Globe on January 30, 2019. Ms Ferrari … Continue reading

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Bolex joins the game

Toronto. After the world-wide 1929 stock market crash ushered in the great depression, many small companies failed. BOL SA, founded by Jacques Bogopolsky, was one of them. A Swiss company, it made cameras for cine. Paillard SA made watch parts, … Continue reading

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movies, anyone?

Toronto. Continuing on with the LIFE and movies theme, Bell and Howell of Chicago was a respected professional movie equipment maker. They added a consumer line pre-war (Filmo). Post-war they dumbed down the consumer cameras and ads – the cameras … Continue reading

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soupe du jour

Toronto. Post war everyone had catching up to do. Wages, telephones, cars, home appliances, televisions and cameras.  In the 1950s the next big thing was home movies. Kodak and its competitors sold 8mm film in both black and white and … Continue reading

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