Monthly Archives: March 2011

A box of old cameras No.2: Kodak Instamatic 50

Kodak Intamatic 50

Kodak Intamatic 50

The Kodak Instamatic 50

In last post of this series I featured the Kodak ‘Hawkeye’ Ace Delux and as I’m attempting to display these camera in chronological order, the next camera out of the box is another Kodak.

The ‘Intamatic’ 50 was the first Instamatic camera released by Kodak and appeared in the UK in February 1963 (about a month before the 100).

Kodak Instamatic Ad

Kodak Instamatic Ad

This model had a fixed shutter speed, aperture and focus and designed so that anyone could use it.

The Instamatic was a huge success with more than 50 million cameras produced between 1963 and 1970.

I’m not sure of the year this one was produced. It belonged to my father-in-law. George lived for most of his life near the sea front in Cleveleys, near Blackpool and the camera has sand engrained into the bodywork and shutter mechanism.

For examples of shots from this 126 film camera visit Lomography, describing itself as a shop and a community dedicated to analogue photography. It’s well worth a visit.

Kodak 50

Kodak 50, plus engrained sand

For more technical details go to Kodak Classics by Mischa Koning.

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Thought for Friday

Dame Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)
Actress, celebrity, icon.

Cleopatra movie poster

Wonderful Cleopatra movie poster

“I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on.”

From Wikipedia
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was an English-born American actress. Beginning as a child star then throughout her adulthood, she became known for her acting talent, glamour and beauty; as well as a much publicized private life, which included eight marriages, several near-death experiences, and decades spent as a social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness, research and cure.

Elizabeth Taylor 1985

Elizabeth Taylor 1985

“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.”

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A box of old cameras No.1: ‘Hawkeye’ Ace De Luxe

A box of old cameras

A box of old cameras

Recently looking through some old stuff (and I’ve got lots of old stuff and that’s another story), I came across a box of old cameras that I’d stashed away. A little while ago I wrote about my old Sony Mavica digital camera and that prompted me to jot  few thoughts down about these older image capturing devices.

The 'Hawkeye' box camera

The 'Hawkeye' box camera

This old box camera belonged to my dad and dates back to the 1930s. I remember him using it to take a photo of a friend and I back in the late 50s or early 60s when I was little. Funny but I still remember it clearly. People, at least those where I grew up back then, didn’t take pictures or even own cameras, so it was a rare and special thing to have your photo taken.

A little background information: the Ace De Luxe was made only in Kodak’s UK factory at Harrow on the northern outskirts of London. In his book, Kodak Cameras, The First Hundred Years, Brian Coe lists them as being made only in 1938. They were made to give away with children’s comics, one being Mickey Mouse Comic.

There aren’t any reflecting viewfinders, just a wire frame that pulls up at the front, and no backsight.

Wire frame viewfinder

Wire frame viewfinder

I don’t know how my dad ended up with the ‘Hawkeye’ but after his death I just hung on to it. It has a memory associated with it and I still have the old negatives of the 127 film it used. maybe I will get around to scanning the old negatives one day.

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Thought for Friday

Red Nose Pirate

Red Nose Pirate

“God writes a lot of comedy… the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.”
Garrison Keillor

funny adjective

funny amusing, humorous,witty, comic, comical, droll, facetious, jocular, jokey;hilarious, hysterical, riotous, uproarious; entertaining,diverting, sparkling, scintillating; silly, farcical, slapstick;informal side-splitting, rib-tickling, laugh-a-minute, wacky,zany, off the wall, a scream, rich, priceless. antonym serious, unamusing.

Comic Relief Logo

Comic Relief Logo

To find out more about Comic Relief go here or for more on Red Nose Day go here.

and to close…

Cat doing something useful?

Cat doing something useful?

“Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function”
Garrison Keillor

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Help Japan

Help Japan poster

Help Japan poster by James White. $29.99 high-quality print, 100% donated.

The poster above designed by James White is one of a number that can viewed or purchased from Colossal. For donations to the Red Cross go here.

 

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Thought for Friday

Jonathan Ive

Jonathan Ive

“It’s very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better.”
Jonathan Ive

English designer and the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc. He is the principal designer of the iMac, titanium and aluminum PowerBook G4, MacBook, unibody MacBook Pro, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

An intelligent quote from Jonathan Ive and just one of many that can be found on a very interesting and beautifully elegant site QV or Quote Vadis.

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Lipson Robotics revisited

Casco and Western robot models

Casco and Western

Back in August 2010 I wrote about David Lipson and his wonderful robot models. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may know that I like robots. Real ones, toy models and all the movie robots from Robbie to R2D2. Recently after exploring Flickr I discovered that David had a Flickr account full of wonderful photographs of his robots and so I thought I would give it a mention here.

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