Feedback on Deckle-Edge Snap-shots


AMATO deckle-edge cutter

Toronto. I remember seeing an old Kodak deckle-edge trimmer that was one of the late Larry Boccioletti’s favourite items. After we published Anna Krentz’s story of Snap-shots with an Edge, member Frank Calandra of Rochester wrote Bob Lansdale the following note:

To: Anna Krentz

I loved your articles on the history of deckle-edge snapshots in Photographic Canadiana. For many years, one of my favorite items has been my small deckle-edge cutter (see attached photos) I found it at a tag sale long ago, mainly because I was fascinated by how the cutter blade profile perfectly matched the edge on the platen. But when I used it on an actual snapshot, I was hooked! I love making prints with white borders and trimming with my cutter. The people I give these photos to love them as well. It makes the pictures really special.

The cutter brand name is “AMATO” and the tag says it was made in “Berlin-West – USA Sector” I’m guessing that would date it to late 1940s to mid- 1950s?

At any rate, I appreciate it even more after reading “Snapshots With An Edge.”

Thanks for all your work!


Frank Calandra
Rochester, NY

Ms Krentz is the most recent recipient of a PHSC award for her delightful thesis. The paper was written as part of Ryerson University requirements for its Master of Arts degree.

You can read the paper in Photographic Canadiana issues 40-2 and 41-1 (bibliography section omitted). these issues were mailed to all members. If you are not a member, you can join via PayPal (see the upper right side bar of this site).  To get a copy of the complete thesis paper, contact our journal editor Bob Lansdale.

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