Tag Archives: history

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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premo-nition

Toronto. Around 1979, the late Jack Addison sold me a 4×5 woodie missing its name plate. He thought it might be a POCO camera. Perhaps it was a PREMO? In May or June of 1984, founder and first president of the … Continue reading

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Photographic Canadiana Vol 46-5

Toronto. Enjoying the sudden cold spell (at least here in the big smoke)? Yesterday, members WITH an email address received another delightful magazine via pdf. It  is  the Photographic Canadiana 46-5 dated February 2021 – April 2021. This is a 20 page … Continue reading

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Lorraine Monk 1922 – 2020

Toronto.  We were saddened to learn that Ms Lorraine Monk died December 17th, 2020 at 98. Her life was recorded in this Globe and Mail obituary by Judy Stoffman printed exactly a month ago. Lorraine was our keynote speaker at … Continue reading

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fries with that?

Toronto. We often think German cameras like Zeiss, Zeiss-Ikon, Rollei, Leica, Nagel, Retina etc. but what about Franka (not hot dogs)? On J. Noir’s site, many cameras are described including those of the Franka Kamera Werk in Bayreuth, Germany, at … Continue reading

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do-si-do and allemande left …

Toronto. .. familiar words to square dancers everywhere, but did you know a special version of a “bicycle” for two in the early days was the dos-a-dos or back-to-back tricycle (photo is c1880). Member and cycling expert Lorne Shields showed … Continue reading

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what the heck is an Eholt?

Toronto. Well, as it turns out, Eholt is a ghost town miles east of Vancouver in BC. The little railway town was founded in the late 1800s. It survived until 1948, when the local post office closed, leaving the last … Continue reading

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a dawg gone great read

Toronto. A few days ago, I saw a car pull up to my garage door. Out popped Wayne Gilbert fresh from a mail run. He dropped off the PHSC exchange copy of the Daguerreian Annual for 2019-2020. What a great … Continue reading

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an old boxing day box camera

Toronto. Boxing day on December 26th used to be THE day for sales. Then boxing day week, then black Friday, now COVID-19 and total lockdown over the holidays. Still, it is fitting to celebrate boxing day with a box camera. … Continue reading

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Photographic Canadiana Vol 46-4

Toronto.I hope you have enjoyed the coolish evenings this fall (November was mixed cold and windy to spring-like). Yesterday, members WITH an email address received another delightful magazine via pdf. It  is  the Photographic Canadiana 46-4 dated December 2020 – January 2021. … Continue reading

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