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silent movies and colour!

Toronto.  I usually think black and white when I think silent movies but it was not so! The movie, “Ben-Hur” released in 1925 was the most expensive silent movie ever made. Much of it was shot “on location” in Rome … Continue reading

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how to fail without really trying …

Toronto. “What the heck is a photon, anyway?”, you may ask. Actually, it is a measure of light. In 1948, Bell & Howell misspelt the word to create a unique name for its still camera, as is often the case … Continue reading

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one born every minute …

Toronto. … or so Barnum is supposed to have said.  The Bolex was the Leica or Contax of the amateur movie crowd. It was a high end camera made in Switzerland by Paillard. Interestingly, Bolex was originally not a Paillard … Continue reading

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Never Let the Truth Get In the Way of a Good Story

Toronto. The other morning, I idly wondered if there was a photo of Clementine. If so, I thought a post called, “the colour orange” could introduce her photo and give a touch of history. Unfortunately, she was apparently a fiction, … Continue reading

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February 2021 Toronto Speaker Information

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PHSC News for February 2021 (Vol 20-08)

Toronto. In the upper right of page 1 in this issue is the Spartus Press camera – believed to be the first with built-in flash! But Press? A box camera and rudimentary lens? As the second month of 2021 is … Continue reading

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readin, writing and ‘rithmetic

Toronto  I can remember filmstrips and educational 16mm movies when I was kid. The filmstrips were shown with a tiny SVC projector and rather than a recording, a teacher spoke about each frame’s meaning. How did I know? I ran … Continue reading

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old way of doing it

Toronto. In the late 1960s to early 1970s a company called Synchronex Corporation in the Big Apple sold super 8 movie cameras, audio recorders and movie projectors with a twist. Home movie buffs using their products could record sound on … Continue reading

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a festival of their own

Toronto. From time to time,  my posts have mentioned the trend for smartphones to become the camera of choice for amateurs. These pocket sized marvels of technology have replaced the digital point and shoot cameras and are making inroads as … Continue reading

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another KODAK moment

Toronto. Between colour media, and home movies, the post war amateur photography market blossomed.   It was often said that Kodak made its money selling film and other photographic consumables using their inexpensive cameras as a means to further sales. … Continue reading

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