Hoppy SUNday!

Happy Easter!

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With my mom, Easter 1964

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Easter morning 1964. Where’s the chocolate bunny???

Have a beautiful day y’all!

Chris

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wordless WEDnesday

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

My camera shop is always open at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Graflex Graphic 35 – The other camera made in Rochester

Call it space age or mid-century if you wish, the Graphic 35 is a love it or hate it design that was the style of the 1950s. The Graphic 35 featured push-button focusing – how modern was that!?

We think it’s a good looking camera given the era that it was designed in and compared to other cameras from the fifties, it’s rather slick.

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The two push-button focusing buttons are visible just above the lens on either side.

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It’s a coupled rangefinder – a separate viewfinder from the rangefinder.

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The camera was assembled in Rochester, New York with some components (lens and shutter) from West Germany – the 50mm lens is a three element design made by Rodenstock with the Graflar name and has a maximum aperture of f/3.5. The shutter is a Prontor-SVS model with a top speed of 1/300. Although I haven’t used this camera (yet) I’ve read that the lens is very capable in the f/8 and f/11 range but it wasn’t touted as a fast lens for low light or fast action photography. There was also an f/2.8 model.

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It looks like an interesting camera to use and from what I can gather with a fine grain film like Neopan 100 and bright sunlight it should produce some fine images.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit our camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com as we are running our big 15% off everything sale! ^.^

Chris

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Vintage Bewi Automat “A” Exposure Meter

Straight from the desk of a mid-century designer, this super cool (and fully working) selenium cell exposure meter is a joy to use and play with.

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The first thing I noticed about it is that unlike typical meters from this period (the 1950s) there’s no visible meter needle or pointer. Everything that moves does so inside. I know, I took it apart to see what was going on and there was the needle being “busy” reacting to light. Maybe this ad will do a better job at describing just what makes this meter so special.

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Semi-transparent cover over the selenium cells allows for incident light readings.

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Selenium cells exposed for full reflected light readings.

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In its case, it’s about the size of a deck of cards but it fits nicely in the palm of your hand. I have it available in my shop as it’s time to pass it along to the next collector. You can see additional pictures of it and a complete description at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – The joys of being a kid

Remembering a very happy time in my life – Springtime in New York, baseball, my home and yard, being seven and a half, and your dad taking your picture with his trusty camera.

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Levittown, Long Island, New York 1961

Have a beautiful day y’all! – 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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My Dad Paul – Celebrating the 105th Anniversary of his Birth

I never stop thinking about him… the tall guy in the back, that’s my Dad back in 1963. The manager of my AAA Little League team. He was always with me, teaching, guiding, and loving me.                                                     Paul – Mar 7, 1914 to Nov 22, 1963

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My Dad’s brother (my Uncle Billy) is pictured on the far left back row. On the far left in the first row is my cousin Larry and I’m directly behind him with my hat pulled down low. We all had such great times playing ball almost every day of our lives!

Levittown, Long Island, New York 1963

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Happy SUNday! – Montauk Point, Long Island

From a wonderful visit in the Summer of 2002 to one of my favorite places on Long Island – the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

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July 2002

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Tim 7 and Lindsay 13

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How many times have I run up and down that hill as a kid???

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful day! – Chris

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Whiteface Mt., New York – 1967

Me on top of New York! Well, almost.

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On top of Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington, N.Y. near Lake Placid.

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The original image on Kodak Kodacolor Instamatic film. The square pics of my youth.

Whiteface Mountain hosted the alpine portion of the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980.

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At Whiteface Mountain in 1960 – mom’s got a good hold on me with no seat straps. 

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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