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Sgt Leonard E Thompson: Combat Cameraman WW2

Toronto. Being a small country (population), and a relatively new country, we seldom see our heros get recognition. Sgt Thomson is a fine example. The Canadian Film & Photo Unit website recounts many tales of the Canadian photographers who recorded … Continue reading

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winging it

Toronto. This month we meet in person at the PHSC monthly meeting – that’s the good news! However, we are meeting at a NEW VENUE on a NEW DATE and a NEW TIME this month only! We are meeting at … Continue reading

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… and wings on the side …

Toronto. Chicken wings were throwaways until some one in Buffalo began frying them as a side dish. Nearly a century ago, the name ‘wings’ showed up in an award winning war movie.  The 1927/8 silent movie called ‘Wings‘ won the … Continue reading

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we’re back …

Toronto. Did ya hear the news? On October 1st, the PHSC Big One is back in person once again! We are now using a SATURDAY for the fall fair but we are indoors once again at the Trident Hall (Evans … Continue reading

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a better mouse trap …

Toronto. In this September, 1962 advertisement, Pathé announced its ‘better mouse trap’ – the WEBO-M 16mm reflex movie camera intended for news reel shorts taken in the field. The ad appeared in ‘American Cinematographer’ of that year, placed by the … Continue reading

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and the winner is …

Toronto. Like many of the inventions in the 1800s, more than one person came up with the same idea. Take the electric light. Edison is credited with the invention over here, but at the same time Swan in  England is … Continue reading

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Kodak can be very professional

Toronto. Over the years, Kodak has covered a wide range of photographers – from absolute greenhorns to the very professional folk. As a youth I learned that Kodak even reserved selected items to be sold to their ‘professional’ stores. At … Continue reading

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refuge from the bright light brigade

Toronto. A December, 1921 article in Popular Mechanics shows how movie processes were performed while delicate eyes were protected from the bright lights so necessary back then when both lenses and media were pathetically slow. Before each scene, a cameraman … Continue reading

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faking a fading light

Toronto. Earlier this year we discussed movie fades in relation to a polarizing filter set that could be affixed to many movie lenses for 8mm or 16mm cameras (a May 1940 article). A few month earlier, in October, 1939 another … Continue reading

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better than a clockwork camera

Toronto. In May of 1939, Popular Mechanics did an article on a nameless camera that used an electric motor rather than the usual spring wound affair. Its ‘fresh egg’ was allowing a full 25 foot spool of film to be … Continue reading

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