Happy SUNday! – Air Force Basic Training

My father-in-law (circled) Frank Tifft went through basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in upstate New York back in May 1953. Frank recently passed away at age 88 and while going through some pictures that we hadn’t seen before found this gem. After the Air Force Frank worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for over 35 years as a jet and rocket engine welder – one of only a few that regularly worked on the SR-71’s otherworldly engines. We miss him greatly. January 2, 1933 to February 10, 2021.

Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris and Carol

A small tribute to my dad’s parents and to all of the Whelans that make up my family.

Ida And Thomas Whelan – ca. 1933

Of course, my dad’s parents are my grandparents and the only one I got to meet was my grandmother Ida Whelan, Nana to all of us grandkids, cousins, and “kin”.

The entire Whelan family – Brooklyn, New York, ca.1933

My dad Paul is the tallest guy in the back row. Back row left to right – Margaret, Janet, Paul, John, Thomas. Front row left – William, Thomas, Ida, Raymond, Mary.

I owe my incredibly curly (frizzy) hair to Nana who directly gave it to my dad who then sent it on to me.

I wish I could remember my cousins names in this picture from around 1944 or maybe the summer of 1943.

Back left a cousin, Aunt Janey (Sister Raymond Maria), Aunt Margaret, Nana, Uncle Jack. Front row left my mom Mary, a cousin, cousin Ruth. Taken in the backyard of my grandmother’s home in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge).

I guess I’m feeling a bit old today and a bit blue. It’s nice to look back at your roots now and then. – Chris

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Throwback Thursday – Dapper Dude with Seaplane

 

Dapper Dude with Plane logo

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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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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