Throwback Thursday – Dapper Dude with Seaplane

 

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I don’t know much about the dapper man pictured with what I imagine is his seaplane. I believe it’s a 1939 model Piper Cub J-3 and judging by its appearance it could be new or just a few years old. My Mom took this picture with her trusty Kodak 620.

Since my Mom grew up in New York City and knew her town like the back of her hand I’m just guessing that it was taken somewhere in New York in the early 1940s. It could be in Long Island Sound or on the Hudson but I don’t know the background of the image. It’s part of a vast trove of pictures that my Mom took over the years that I have no idea of the who, what, where. Good shot though!

Chris

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Fashion Friday – NYC 1930s

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Dressed to the nines!

Unknown people to me but they were friends of my mom. I’m guessing around 1937, 1938 or 1939. Somewhere in New York City probably Manhattan.

Camera: Kodak Senior Six-20

Photographer: Mary Kusnier

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Filmo – Bell & Howell’s Little Gem

Bell & Howell Filmo Double Run Eight Cine Camera (Model 134-B) made in 1936 – 1937. These cameras from B&H (Chicago) were everywhere and they even went to war during World War II and were still on the battlefields during Vietnam as combat cameras.

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It’s a funky cool piece of heavy metal!

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It’s a rather small movie camera but it tips the scales at nearly 700 grams! This one still works – wind it up and off you go – just like Disney used to use.

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The 12.5mm lens is interchangeable with at least two telephoto lenses!

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Check out how small the lens is!

The removable lens is a Mytal Anastigmat 12 1/2mm f2.5 – f16 lens made by Taylor-Hobson in England.

The viewfinder is a direct vision optical finder with two hinged masks for telephoto lens framing. The camera features a variable speed clockwork motor running at 16, 32, 48, and 64 fps.

Thanks for stopping by! This will soon be in our shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Chris

 

Kodak Vigilant Junior Six-20

Here’s an interesting camera from Kodak – the Vigilant Junior Six-20 which was produced between 1939 to 1949. I’m sure there are more than a few of these floating around in junk bins and what not.

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We acquired the camera during one of our camera buying forays – the owner wanted it to go to a good home and told us that it was his families only camera for many years. It was dirty but the bellows are in good condition (I think we were the first ones to open it in maybe 30 or more years) as it was a struggle to get the bellows to deploy. We “bought” the camera along with a few of his Minolta lenses and a Minolta SR-T 101.

The camera is missing its winder knob but the film can still be advanced with a little effort (and luck). The Junior version of this popular camera was as basic as basic can be – simple shutter and even simpler aperture settings. We have no plans to shoot with this camera – 620 film is no longer available and although 120 roll film can be re-spooled to fit it’s not worth the effort. With 120 film you’d get only 8 exposures in the 6x9cm format.

So this little time machine gets added to our collection and for now, makes a nice display piece. I found a great new place to set up as a makeshift studio (see the picture above). Nice natural lighting and interesting backgrounds.

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Thanks for stopping by! By the way, this camera is available for purchase at https://www.ccstudio2380.com if you’d like to add a nice clean vintage camera to your home or office decor.

Chris

People that knew my mom

I wish I knew more than what the title says – just random people that must have known my mom. New York City, the late 1930s (?) or very early 1940s.

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Photographer: Mary Whelan

Have a great Satur-YAY!

Chris

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Great-Aunts, Vermont 1930s

Carol’s great-aunts on her mother’s side in a found photograph from the 1930s (we believe). I like this photograph because it’s rather well taken – not particularly well scanned, but for the time period, it’s a rather good picture.

I don’t know what format the camera was that took this but I enjoy the wider view given by the photographer’s perspective. The ladies are well centered (side to side and top to bottom) and in focus. The wider view allows the viewer a chance to take in the surroundings and appreciate the era in which it was taken.

 

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Near Rutland, Vermont

The only post-processing was to take out the sepia tone and give it its true black and white tones.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris and Carol ^.^