Category Archives: history

when Kodak met art …

Toronto. … deco that is. In the 1930s and 40s the striking designs of Art Deco were a key factor in the cameras offered by Kodak. Our late editor, Bob Lansdale explains, “When Modernism blossomed in the 1930s, Eastman Kodak … Continue reading

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making a woodie that works

Toronto. While teaching at Humber College, PHSC member (and speaker) Neil Fox taught photography. He had his students construct their own ‘woodie’ to learn the art from the ground up. In the 1800s, skill in carpentry and bellows layout allowed … Continue reading

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dark s(l)ide

Toronto. Leon Warnerke was a UK based “Entrepreneur/Inventor Extraordinaire [and] Royal Photographic Society Progress Medallist”. Photographic Canadiana, issue 32-1, dated May/June 2006 carries the story of this UK immigrant and his dark underside. The story is introduced by our late … Continue reading

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a couple of bills …

Toronto. I learnt a lot about my homeland from Bob Lansdale. Bob was devoted to promoting Canadian photographic inventions, studios, and photographers. When he stewarded our journal, Photographic Canadiana, he went the extra length to research and promote any and … Continue reading

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multi-tasking over a century ago

Toronto. Around 1900, a rare Goerz combination camera/opera glass/field glass was sold. The gadget, made in Berlin by C P Goerz, was not very popular at the  time. Similar gadgets were created and sold both before and after. As opera/field … Continue reading

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… or be square

Toronto. From time to time, our late editor, Bob Lansdale, would come across an article in an exchange newsletter that he felt would complement our own journal. If approval of the author was given, Bob would consider printing the article. This … Continue reading

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street-smart

Toronto. Street photographers were often in the cities flogging portraits taken of passers-by. The difficulty was the gap between taking the shot and having the finished print for the subjects before they changed their minds. Enter “The Thompson Combination Camera, … Continue reading

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movie time

Toronto. Before TV became common place, the only means to view any news ‘videos’ was the “MovieTone News” – a short shown before the main feature in movie theatres. Such palaces seem a bit quaint today with huge high resolution … Continue reading

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just right

Toronto. Remember the fairy tale, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”? Well, like the little heroine, photographers found the medium format cameras “Just Right” In issue 30-3 of our journal, the late Bill Belier did a short survey of the earlier … Continue reading

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and a sida camera with that, please

Toronto.  In the late 1930s, the ‘minicam’ revolution was well under way. The craze centred on cameras using 35mm ‘movie film’ or similar  sized paper backed roll film. An enlarger was a ‘must’ for even pocket sized prints. A small … Continue reading

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