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variations on a theme

Toronto. In the early 1900s, Butcher in London, England sold a “Royal Mail Camera” that used multiple lenses to create as many as 15 postage stamp size images on one small  plate. The July, 1934 issue of Popular Mechanics has … Continue reading

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we are all amateurs in something

Toronto. In the 1960s, my physics professor, Dr S___ came in one Monday morning with a very raspy voice. Being unfamiliar with alcohol, hangover remedies, or over the counter medication, he had picked up some Bromo-Seltzer tablets to ease a … Continue reading

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Photographic Canadiana Vol 47-3

Toronto. Sadly, we lost our editor,  Bob Lansdale, this past summer. Bob left much of this material to help our interim editors, David Bridge and Louise Freyburger who ably stepped up to the challenge of producing this issue. Members WITH … Continue reading

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an eclectic collection

Toronto. Some collectors seem to buy everything in sight. Others are very selective. Our past president, the late Bill Kantymir did both. Bill had a ‘bucket list’ – a list of every camera he wanted to own before he left … Continue reading

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having a heat wave

Toronto. Sometimes at our fairs, shows and auctions, you see a plate or roll film camera made of varnished wood and may think the leather or leatherette material had been removed. Well, that may not be the case. Cameras for … Continue reading

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an interesting talk on the Lippmann process for colour

Toronto. I signed in on July 21st, a coolish and sunny night, to hear Dr Hanin Hannouch in Berlin, Germany (2am over there when 8pm the evening before here). The event was sold out on Eventbrite, but our Programme Director opened … Continue reading

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Stanley, I presume?

Toronto. About three years ago I did a post on Stanley park’s beautiful and massive old trees showing an ancient (today) automobile nestled in the trunk. Here you see another huge tree, this time shrouding a horse and rider! The … Continue reading

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the dark slide of the room

Toronto. Plate holders and later film holders became common in the later 1800s and early 1900s to protect sensitized emulsions from unexpected exposure to light. These clever gadgets, which came with a dark slide that could be removed for exposure … Continue reading

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stretching it

Toronto. Good friend, PHSC member, and photographic historian George Dunbar shared this bit of whimsey with me. The February 1928 issue of “Science and Invention” included an article titled, “Enlarging Photos by Stretching” attributed to an “A W Herbert”. Herbert … Continue reading

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a little BIT more

Toronto. Over the years from photography’s beginning in 1839 to current times there have been a few trends. Cameras have gotten smaller. Images became more realistic beginning with monochrome photos across part of the visible spectrum, then across all of … Continue reading

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