Monthly Archives: December 2019

deja vu all over again

Toronto. … as colourful catcher and coach for the Yankees, Yogi Berra was tagged with this quote. In pursuit of history, my good friend George Dunbar spotted this anomaly in the age of digital – someone using a film/plate based Speed … Continue reading

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free filmin’

Toronto. Free Film forever! And Kodak film at that! Who could resist such a pitch? In my youth, I remember these pitches to casual amateurs to encourage camera use and printing.  The hook was, you mailed your exposed roll in, … Continue reading

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no direction home

Toronto. The c1937 sub miniature camera called the Compass is designed in the UK and made in Switzerland. It uses 35 mm film (cut or roll) in a full frame format. The design is the opposite of the 35mm camera … Continue reading

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clock work cameras

Toronto. Panoramic photographs were popular early to mid last century. Group shots were often the subject of panoramics. Various ways were used to create images with one extra long side – mostly horizontal but occasionally vertical. Cameras could be steady … Continue reading

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a far wider point of view

Toronto. Even before Photography there were painted mural panoramas. With the advent of the art of photography various cameras were created to create the super wide angle  panoramas. My mother had a panorama photograph of her and her first sister … Continue reading

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wow – movies

Toronto. 8mm home movies were all the rage over a half century ago. Fuelled by cheap equipment, fast lenses, and colour film, movie gear was one dimension of a push for a share of the blossoming post war amateur market. … Continue reading

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stoned

Toronto. Stonehenge, that ancient rock pile in south England was and is a mystery. The stones align to let through the sun on the summer and winter solstice (longest and shortest day each year). This month, the BBC news for … Continue reading

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PHSC News for December 2019

Toronto. Hear the bells? It’s Christmas time again and editor Pushchak has used a holiday theme  for her year end publication. What? You didn’t get a personal copy? Drop me a line and I will add you to our list. … Continue reading

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close to the vest

Toronto. People have always been fascinated with “unusual“,  “spy” and “detective“cameras. We had a C.  Stirn vest camera on the block for the Walter Shean auction in the spring of 2003. Prior to that, there was an ad printed in … Continue reading

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Annual Show and Tell meeting Dec 18, 2019

Toronto.As we quickly push on to Christmas and the holidays, its our annual Show and Tell session. Our Toronto meeting date is December 18th this month. Click on the poster at left for details. (Thanks to Sonja for this delightful … Continue reading

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