Author Archives: Robert

a dirty dozen!

Toronto. We held our 12th ZOOM exec meeting Wednesday evening (its feeling like normal now). Again, Celio deserves a huge thank you for arranging it in spite of his busy teaching schedule at post secondary institutes. Well, Toronto is still in … Continue reading

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Glencoe, Glencoe, What Art Thou Glencoe?

Toronto. With apologies to Bill Shakespeare. When Brian Hudson enquired about his Canadian Camera (& Optical) Company camera, he set off quite a storm which hasn’t settled yet. I had an Empire State camera a few years ago. I added … Continue reading

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holy, holy, holy

Toronto. In Scotland, the word ‘Kirk’ means church. Last century in the Bronx, it meant a very talented Armenian photographer christened Kourken Hovsepian and his Studio. At the February, 2021 meeting, we saw the finished version of “Photos by Kirk” … Continue reading

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we get letters

Toronto. More information on the cameras once made in Montreal and Toronto. Brian Hudson of Edmonton unleashed a tsunami of information with his question on them. Last Saturday, Dr Irwin Reichstein in Ottawa sent an email to us. He spotted … Continue reading

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shooting Arrows

Toronto. One day as I sat on a runway at Toronto Peason, the pilot announced we could see the Avro Arrow to the side of our aircraft. Summarily scrapped by the Diefenbaker government, issues swirled around the decision – too … Continue reading

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big yellow taxi

Toronto.  In the days of film, the exposed film was processed and then printed. Prints and the developed film were returned to the owner. In the US, a company called Fotomat was formed. The company’s business plan was simple: Put … Continue reading

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on being John Malkovich

Toronto. We can all recall famous photographs by famous photographers. A Chicago photographer (Ukrainian roots) who goes by the name Sandro, took memory a giant step forward – he photographed recreations of these famous photos with a huge twist – … Continue reading

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in the tropics

Toronto. In the late 1950s, we had a trio of Allis-Chalmers power generators (my Exakta photo c1958) at our location in Labrador. They were connected to  the power panel and tested by a technician from A-C. In the evenings he talked … Continue reading

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mia

Toronto. For a handful of our members, their email addresses are mia – missing in action. Over the past months, Editor Bob Lansdale has stepped up to the COVID-19 situation and promoted extra issues and supplements be made as pdf … Continue reading

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another way to skin a cat

Toronto. It’s the 1970s and your camera doesn’t have a socket for the ubiquitous magicubes. Nor can it use Kodak’s super simple Instamatic film cartridges. What do you do? Well Yashica advertised that their cameras let you take indoor photos … Continue reading

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