All About Enlargers – Part A

All About Enlargers – Part A

Toronto. What do you do when a photograph negative is too small? Enlarge it! You may be surprised to learn that enlarging apparatus came along well before the minicam revolution of the 1930s. In this special members-only supplement (vol 1-6) Part A shows the various devices available to enlarge the existing sensitive materials.

Vol 1-6 was sent out last Friday afternoon to all current members with an email address. If you did NOT get a copy, please email me at and I will send you a copy after verification of your membership. Not YET a member? well, for heaven’s sake! Grab your plastic and register via PayPal on the upper right of this page!

Stated in the supplement, “The advertisements and illustrations in this supplement originally appeared in the The Photographist numbers 109 and 110, the journal of the Western Photographic Collectors Association (WPCA) in 1996. The WPCA was affiliated with the University of California Museum of Photography and stopped publishing circa 1996, going into dissolution in 2001. For the story of the history of the WPCA, see the article in Special Supplement Vol. 1 No. 1.

“In an effort to make this material available to collectors, historians and those interested in the history of photography, this content was digitized by the Photographic Historical Society of Canada (PHSC) and Milan Zahorcak from the U.S. in 2019 and 2020 for distribution to PHSC members as a seven part series. The first instalments were about magic lanterns, posing chairs, flash lamps and the last will finish a two-part presentation on early enlargers. If you have any questions or would like higher resolution scans of any of the images, please contact the PHSC at”

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