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Found Film: The Alberts, Summer and Fall 1951

The story of Raymond Albert’s family, as told through his lost and found photos, continues as we enjoy a late summer in Rumford, Maine around 1951-ish.  There is no real theme to tie these photos together – they come from … Continue reading

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Found Film: The Alberts Go Fishing

It’s time to share another batch of Raymond Albert’s photos. In this batch, Raymond (shown above) goes on a fishing trip with some friends and family. I’m not sure where this lake is – probably in Maine, but there are … Continue reading

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Found Film: The Alberts and the Korean War

We met the Alberts a few weeks ago, when I introduced Raymond and his family, whom we know from a box of about 20 developed rolls of film Raymond left behind recently.  This installment appears to have been taken around … Continue reading

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Project Underwood: Typewriter Restoration

One evening about a year ago, my (younger) daughter and I were checking out typewriters on eBay.  We share an interest in “retro” machines (this is how my camera craze started, and her last Christmas present was a record player), … Continue reading

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It’s 1914 and Everyone’s a Photo Critic

One hundred years ago this month, much of the world was at war.  But in the United States – which would eventually mobilize 4 million military personnel – public opinion in 1914 was still firmly on the side of neutrality.  This … Continue reading

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Found Film Friday: Country Outing

This week’s roll of “found film” came to me from near Binghamton, New York, where the Ansco company was located from the mid-1800s to around 1980. The spool was covered in rust, and the backing paper was stuck to the … Continue reading

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Vintage Camera Test: Franka Werke Bonafix

A few months ago I picked up this Franka Werke camera for “next to nothing” (20 bucks or so) that appeared from the photos to be in near-mint condition.  When it arrived, it looked like it had been stored in … Continue reading

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Found Film Friday: Santa Fe Porsche Show

This week’s roll of found film came to me from “Mike” – a collector of old slides who was giving up on a “found film” hobby, he sent me a half dozen or so rolls and acknowledged there was a … Continue reading

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Indian Portraits from the 1950s and 1960s

Between Chennai and Pondicherry is an area with an especially high proliferation of “junk stores.  I suppose the owners would prefer we’d call them antique shops – but there actually aren’t that many actual antiques, just lots of oddities and … Continue reading

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Found Film: Korea, 1946 – part 2

Last week I posted about the first of four rolls of already-developed film I had come across via a seller on eBay, and have been scanning and restoring one by one.  This is the second roll, which provides a whole … Continue reading

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What do our TV ads say about us?

70 or 80 years from now, what will people think of us when they see the television commercials that we use to sell products to each other?  If attitudes shift as much as they have over the last 70 to … Continue reading

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Found Film Friday: Yellowstone Part 2

Last week I posted the first installment in a series of posts in which I share images from a collection of 14 rolls of Ektachrome slide film requiring an outdated chemical process, but which I decided to develop with black … Continue reading

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Shooting with a 115-year-old Camera

That DSLR you bought a couple months ago – do you think it will still work in the year 2130? Sounds ridiculous? That’s basically the equivalent of taking photos with a Cycle Poco No. 3, manufactured by the Rochester Camera … Continue reading

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Three Vest Pocket Kodaks

  These are “Vest Pocket Kodaks” – of which nearly two million were produced, from about 1912 to the early 1920s.  I’ve blogged about one of these cameras before – to sum up, they represent an important step in the miniaturization … Continue reading

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Vintage Camera Test: No 2 Hawkeye Model C Anniversary Edition

This week’s vintage camera test is an interesting one (yes, but aren’t they all?), despite its rather long name.  Waaaay back in the late 1880s, a small company called the Boston Camera Company introduced a model called the “Hawk-Eye” Detective … Continue reading

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Testing the Agfa Silette Rapid F

When I’m considering vintage cameras for purchase, I specifically look for cameras that still appear to work, and for which film can still be acquired somehow.  Then, periodically, I grab a couple and test them out.  This week, it’s the … Continue reading

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Flashback: Vintage Kodak Commercials

If you’ve been wallowing in depression over the demise of Kodak, here are a few vintage films to cheer you up. First, there’s “America is Cameraland” – a 1960 infomercial (yes, they had those even then) that plays up the … Continue reading

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Getting Better at Black and White

I love my Kodak Monitor 620 – this camera from the 1940s has taken a bit of time to master – especially since I’m new to film / analog photography anyway –  but I’m finally getting quality images out of … Continue reading

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Six-16 Brownie Special with Found Film?

I’ve mentioned it before, and I still can’t tell you why:  I like taking old rolls of film I come across, and getting them developed to see what secrets they hold.  It costs much more than modern film, and probably … Continue reading

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Vintage Cameras: Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 35

I was reminded today that I have a long way to go in building my vintage camera collection – the world record holder, who lives nearby in Mumbai, has a collection of 4,425.  At least, he did when this article … Continue reading

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Found film: Cowboy Outfit – Yellowstone!

One more installment in the “found film” series. This series of photos came to us via eBay from an unknown camera. The first and fourth photos feature a little girl – one posing in a cowboy (-girl) outfit, and the … Continue reading

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Fun with a Baby Brownie

Not long ago, I was looking for a way to cut down on the 7-week turnaround for black and white film processing I’ve had to deal with in Namibia (3 weeks to the U.S., 1 week for processing at Blue … Continue reading

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Found Film: Day at the Beach

The latest photos in my “found film” series is a set of four 6 x 6 cm photos from an unknown camera. These show a family trip to the beach – possibly but not necessarily memorable – but they won’t … Continue reading

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More Photos from a 60-year-old Camera: Relearning Analog Photography

The second roll of film from our vintage 1952-ish Agfa Billy came out much better than the previous roll. Digital cameras have been around long enough now that we’ve forgotten the lost art of taking analog photos. Note to self: … Continue reading

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