Category Archives: history

mom says screens are bad for your eyes

Toronto. This copy of the frontispiece of an 1876 book at the TPL titled, “Shadows on the Screen; or, An Evening With The Children” reminds us that “screens” have been around for well over a century now. As a kid … Continue reading

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Karl goes digital

Toronto. Mankind has always been fascinated with transportation: horses, trains, bicycles, cars, ships, aircraft, etc. As a kid I always thought Henry Ford invented the automobile. Not so! Ford adapted the assembly line to automobile manufacture and dropped the cost … Continue reading

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double your pleasure

Toronto. The “double your pleasure, double your fun” jingle may have applied to Wrigley’s Double Mint gum but it certainly did not apply to accidental photographic double exposures. In fact, camera makers went out of their way to tout their … Continue reading

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CNE and Cinematographe

Toronto. Cinema and Movies seem so passé these days of TV, streaming, and smartphones but over a century ago movies where the newest means of education and entertainment. The CNE was known as the “Toronto Industrial Exhibition” in those days … Continue reading

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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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surprise!

Toronto.  You do remember actress Mamie Van Doren don’t you? No? What about photographer Ralph Crane? No, again? Then you are either too young or never saw a movie last century in a theatre or on TV! Crane worked for … Continue reading

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the great yellow father

Toronto.  In the early to mid last century Kodak was the pre-eminent name in photography. The company was known world-wide. Retailers featured Kodak film, paper, and if not exclusively camera shops, Kodak cameras and gift kits. Kodak offered every imaginable … Continue reading

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something’s wrong with this picture

Toronto. Over half a century ago, I was struggling with my black and white prints. They were terrible. I resolved to focus on improving them and eventually did so by matching my negative contrast to the print contrast and choosing … Continue reading

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land of the setting sun?

Toronto. I remember Japan being known as the land of the rising sun for its flag and post war recovery. A few decades after the second world war, they trashed the German Camera Industry other than the odd high end camera, … Continue reading

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now everyone is a photographer…

Toronto. In the beginning photography was limited to those with both scientific ability and artistic skill. Making a good daguerreotype image was challenging. Over the years the processes were simplified and streamlined. Near the end of the film era, almost … Continue reading

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