a hoot at the boot – our 8th trunk sale

some rare woodies
at the trunk sale

Toronto. Bob Lansdale gave me a call last week to see if I was going to the trunk sale Sunday. I agreed to go and Bob suggested if we arrived around 10am that would be great. I picked Bob up shortly after 9:30am and off we went.

Arriving at the Trident Hall just before 10:00, we split up to look around. Lots of goodies, lots of vendors and good parking by the time we arrived, mid-way between opening and closing times for the show. The rare woodies above left were part of a collection of some 600 pieces a chap had bought and was in the process of selling. He was afraid the cameras were fragile, so I shot through the case glass, reflections and all. One of the first vendors I spotted was my good friend Gary Perry of Camerama fame. Gary is a PHSC member and a regular at our fairs.

I met many of the executive out on the bright sunny day under the trees along the front of the hall. Clint was there by the entrance with some goodies and a careful eye to collect space fees for the society. Yvette brought along her little three-legged beagle and both enjoyed the excitement and browsing. I saw her departing with a trio of 20×24 inch darkroom trays. David Bridge and his wife Louise Freyburger came by, While Louise  spoke with Bob Lansdale (she is an assistant editor for the journal and runs the PHSC’s Facebook page) I chatted with David who had some chemical jugs in hand for his darkroom. Wayne Gilbert had the membership materials and lots of professional gear he was selling along with boxes of small bits like B&S heads, release cables, etc. Even Abraham Vinegar, up from Detroit, had a spot.

I met many other people including John Young’s son visiting from Williams Lake, BC. His late father owned a camera store here in Toronto on Yonge Street near Queen. John Kantymir dropped in from Port Colborne on the Lake Erie end of the Welland Canal and as usual had many rare items for sale including a huge Kodak Folder that seemed to make 5×7 contact prints; a beautiful art deco Kodak in black and silver stripes; an Ansco Memo camera which took 35mm film and was sold beginning in 1927 while its design date, clouded in time, may have preceded the 1924 introduction of the famous Leica; and a strange European camera that snapped its lens cap open just before it took a shot. The camera  was pristine thanks to the tatty case it was housed in.

Following are a few photos I took with my NEX-6 ( The Nikon P7000 battery was near exhaustion and I will wait a bit to recharge since the camera settings are lost each time I pull the battery (the tiny internal battery soldered to a PC board no longer holds a charge  otherwise it would retain all my desired settings).

I chose to link to larger (maximum 1200 pixels) images so each of the nine images need a click on each link … Up first is another look at more cameras from the 600 piece collection. Here you see some of the prices. When I first looked, I thought the owner was speaking to me, but no, he was discussing Kodak’s Vanity series of folders (for the ladies)  with a potential buyer. Nearby, I spotted these tripods quietly growing beneath a shade tree and gently waving their tags in the breeze.

Across the driveway I found my friend Wayne Gilbert with his pro gear and some books and smaller accessories. Here is another shot with a better view of all his gear.

This is an overall view of the many vendors and their wares. More were behind me as well, including this display of very interesting books. Anchoring the eastern limit of the property was Abraham Vinegar with his display of many small accessories neatly boxed and placed  on the grass  for easy access.

And finally, to complete the show, I spotted these brown bottles, film tanks, and graduates once used in a darkroom of film era vintage.

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