Monthly Archives: September 2021

doing it better (sometimes)

Toronto. On page 31 of the March 1950 edition of Popular Photography, an advertisement touts the Zeiss-Ikon Contax-S camera at whopping price of $475USD with the coated Zeiss Biotar lens. The model S was briefly sold while later models were … Continue reading

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rainbow connection

Toronto. On September 10th, Brad Wheeler wrote a comprehensive obituary in the Globe and Mail on the death of our editor, Bob Lansdale.  Brad’s article was complemented with this overview of Bob’s bio and photographs. Until Bob’s accomplishments are read, … Continue reading

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fine art photos at heritage auction house

Toronto. As we sit out this pandemic and browse around the internet, we may discover a means to augment boredom and complement our image collection. For example, PHSC member Ian Archer discovered this interesting auction of historical photos online. Heritage … Continue reading

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the value of photography to history

Toronto. As we sit back in our easy chair and view a colour video clip of a catastrophe (from nature, man,  or war) on the other side of the globe, we seldom think about the impact photography has had on … Continue reading

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look-a-like-a-leica

Toronto. After WW2, the world was inundated with Leica lookalikes. Some were  flat out copies like the Russian FED and Zorki models; some were copies of Leica features like Canon; and some were marketed as improvements on Leica like the … Continue reading

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no wonder compact digital cameras disappeared

Toronto. The other day, Carol and I decided to trade in our ancient Samsung smartphone. We opted for a cheap cell phone and an equally cheap plan. One of the cheaper phones was the Samsung A32 5g model. It was … Continue reading

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genealogy and photography

Toronto. Have you ever wondered about your ancestors? The American company  Ancestry (with the Canadian link shown here), does a wonderful job of indexing an astonishing number of genealogical databases. Before Ancestry, one had to visit city directories, or government … Continue reading

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silent movies and colour!

Toronto.  I usually think black and white when I think silent movies but it was not so! The movie, “Ben-Hur” released in 1925 was the most expensive silent movie ever made. Much of it was shot “on location” in Rome … Continue reading

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PHSC News newsletter for September 2021

Toronto. At right top of page 1 in the latest PHSC News newsletter is a British box camera c1927 made by Houghton-Butcher. This 120 size roll film model has two lens-focussing settings (one for 10 or more feet and one … Continue reading

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… under the sun.

Toronto. I grew up with the King James version of the Bible. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says in part, “… there is no new thing under the sun.”. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when our indoor Fall Fair … Continue reading

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