Found Friday – University Edition

Steps

Just a quickie Found Friday this week – we’re in the middle of Extreme! Film Developing! Days!

Dorm?

I have no idea where these photos were taken, but it looks to me like it’s on the campus of a university somewhere. Heck if I know! These pictures were from a roll of Kodak Verichrome 616 that I found in an Agfa-Ansco Captain. (That camera’s currently up in my Etsy if you want to check it out – it’s quite handsome!)

I like how you can read the Verichrome in the backing paper in this next picture:

Nifty!

Developed in Diafine 5+5, and exhibiting none of the solarization weirdness of the other old films.

(Slightly delayed) Found Friday – World’s Fair edition, part II

Unisphere!

It’s been a crazy week! Travis had some time off, so we spent the majority of it running around, testing new (old) cameras, acquiring other new (old) cameras, etc. Seriously, we were driving around with dozens of cameras in the car, all loaded up with film. Most will show up in the shop starting in the next few days, hopefully, along with some other weirdness, but there are a few quirky ones that I’m keeping, including the bizarroland Ricohmatic 44, a camera designed to be as non-intuitive and mysterious to use as possible.

Yes, we're having fun, now please get that camera out of my face

One of the things we got a chance to do this week was hang out with Terry and Greg, friends of ours in Columbus, which was a lot of fun. They helped us test out some of the cameras, too! Anyway, Terry and I did a swap, and I wound up with a nice metal case full of old 35mm slides. The case is really neat, but of course I started digging through the slides to see what was in there. And, behold! There were a small amount of slides shot at the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York.

Whee!

You guys know I’m a big World’s Fair geek, so I had to post these first, even if Found Friday was a little bit late this week.

World's Fair

Oh, and I didn’t forget about posting about the really, really weird thing that happened last time I developed film. I’m actually going to do some more Diafine developing today to see if it happens again, but even if it doesn’t, I’ll get the pictures from the last time uploaded and posted about because, well… It was weird. Seriously weird. I’m still kind of freaking out about it.

Found Friday – Just in Time for Valentine’s Day Edition

Sex Articles

So, you know how I was saying I got a ginormous batch o’ slides in the mail from Betty at Retro Roadmap? Well, they all came in these little cubes of slides that had notes written on them, like “Cairo – Sphnix – Pyramids.” Normal travel things. Except for one cube that had “Tivoli – Mermaid – Sex” written on it. Well, count me in!

Porno Show

I’m assuming that these photos were taken in Amsterdam, but I could be wrong about that (does Tivoli have a big red light district?). Wherever they were shot, they are awesome!

Porn Supermarket

Yes. A supermarket for porn.

Sex and Porno Center

(In case you were wondering, the Mermaid mentioned on the title of the slide cube refers to the statue of the Little Mermaid. As of yet, I have no pictures of Mermaid Sex.)

Found Friday – Day of Departure Edition

Cairo Tower, 1979

I was gone last week, scouring the wilderness of Northern Indiana for photographic goodness (really, we were just going to an Avett Brothers show in South Bend). But this week, I have a Found Friday for you! These are courtesy of Mod Betty over at Retro Roadmap, who passed along a fantastic collection of slides from the 70s and 80s to me. And, needless to say, if you’re interested in any retro/mod/kitsch/funky/vintage Americana, you’d do yourself a favor to check out her blog and the retro roadmaps they’re compiling over there to see what’s awesome in your neck of the woods.

To the slides! From what I can tell, the collection looks like it was shot by a retired husband and wife who took some incredible vacations abroad. Think lots of train travel, museums, fancy hotels, landmarks, etc. However, from what I’ve seen so far, there’s also plenty of slice-of-life street scene photos, too.

Camel crossing

Considering everything that’s going on in Egypt right now, I thought it might be interesting to show an outsider’s perspective of Cairo in 1979.

Cairo

Green Van

M

Welcome, Hero of Peace

Found Friday – Exposition Edition

I’ve got a stack of camera manuals (unfortunately, mainly for cameras I don’t own) that I picked up at a camera auction last year. I found myself rifling through it the other day looking for something, when I ran across this old photo envelope.

French Kodak photo album

Ooh! It’s French! Exciting!

It was filled with a stack of about 30 prints, the majority of them being photos from what I discovered to be the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. This Expo took place in San Francisco, ostensibly to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal, but probably more importantly, to show the world that San Francisco was back in business after the 1906 earthquake.

Danish Building

I’m kind of a World’s Fair geek, so things like this are right up my alley. Also up my alley? Seeing an actual example of a print shot with Kodak Autographic film.

Horticulture Building

This was the film designed for use in Autographic cameras. They had a plate you could flip up and a stylus you could use to inscribe notes about what you were taking a picture of.

This is why it's called the Autographic

The film, of course, hasn’t been made in decades (I think they might have stopped producing it in the 1930s?), so it was extra neat to actually see what prints from that looked like.

Here’s the Palace of Fine Arts, which is the only structure from the Expo that is still standing today.

The Palace of Fine Arts

Most of the photos were oddly absent of people, which is strange considering how visited the Expo was. The only photo in the lot that actually focused on people at the Expo was this one.

Indians

Indians in full regalia taking a shuttle with men in bowler hats. That is kind of awesome.

Found Friday – Coast Guard Edition

W382 from afar

I got another ebay haul of weird, misc films and papers yesterday. Hooray! So, I sat down and started sorting through them, only to discover an old film box that felt suspiciously heavy. Since it had “Negatives – 1959” scrawled on it, I figured it was worth a shot to open it up and see what was inside.

Commendation

Oh hey! Negatives! About 60 4×5 negatives, to be exact. Most of them are of the photographer’s family, but about 10 were shot on what turns out to be a Coast Guard ship (cutter? I don’t know the terminology).

Handshake

So, that’s pretty cool. I like boats.

W382, close-up

I also like the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge

But I especially like this picture of a picnic. It’s better if you check out the bigger version on Flickr.

Picnic, 1959

They’re drinking cans of Orange Shasta! Shasta! How awesome is that?

Found Friday: with child edition!

Woman, car, and trailer

I’ve been getting rid of a lot of books lately (in part to make room for my growing collection of photography books). I try to remember to flip through them in case I’ve accidentally used something as a bookmark that I want to hang onto. Fortunately, most of the scrap pieces of paper and postcards I’ve found are just that – scraps.

Pregnant, with sword.

While in Muncie, Indiana over the holidays to visit family, we made a point to stop in at Jack’s Camera Shop. It’s one of those neat photography stores that’s been open for a million years. They’re located in downtown Muncie, an area that is teetering between revitalization and desolation, but the camera shop is always there, a steady anchor that always has customers stopping by, even if they’re not checking out any of the other shops in the area.

Pregnant, with tree

Jack’s has a back room full of miscellaneous used camera equipment, which, of course, I’m compelled to check out whenever in town. This trip I didn’t wind up buying much – I picked up my new Lensbaby step ring/lens hood, and only bought a used lightmeter for $3 and a used Kodak Reference binder. I have more of these binders, but the info in mine date from the 40s and 50s. This is a newer one, with copyright dates in the early 70s, so I figured it was worth it to grab this one, too.

Spoiler alert!

When we got home, I started flipping through it, and when I got to the section about filters, two strips of black and white negatives fell out at me. The subject, as you can pick up one from the photos, seemed pretty important, and an odd choice to just stick in a binder like a bookmark. I can only imagine that maybe the photographer had them in the darkroom with him, and was intending on making prints, and left them in the book accidentally. Either that, or the negatives were duplicates – the black tones seem really black, which seem to be the case in a lot of film duplication that I’ve seen. Whatever the reason for the abandonment, they’re posted here for posterity.

Welcome home

Found Monday! (naughty bits edition)

Don’t say I never gave you anything.

Naughtiness!

I think I mentioned a while ago on here that in the crazy camera auction hedonism of the past summer, one of the things I managed to score was a big box of photo paper. It was a big, open, cardboard box filled with what looked to be sheets and sheets of unexposed photo paper. I was the only person with any interest in it, since obviously the paper had been exposed to the light and wasn’t good for printing anymore (also, there was no notes as to what type of paper it was anyway). But, of course, since I know you can make lumen prints with even the most fogged and badly stored photo papers, the box wound up coming home with me. I made a few test lumens just to see if the paper worked (it did), and then I shoved the rest inside a black garbage bag.

Fast forward to today, when I decide to try making some lumen prints using paper larger than 8×10. I remembered that some of the exposed box paper was 11×14, so I stuck my hand inside the garbage bag, and pulled out… a naked woman. That hasn’t happened to me since Vegas!

So, yeah, apparently in this big stack of photo paper (which was standing upright at the auction, not flat), there’s a bunch of already processed prints, about half of which are nude pictures. I know I didn’t think to flip through the paper at the auction, mainly because I didn’t want to expose more of the photo paper to the light than already was showing, but it’s kind of funny that no one else, at least that I saw, did either.

Anyway, I’ll be keeping the naked pics off the intertubes, except for maybe one of them, just because that one is a combo of making an enlargement of a negative and also making a photogram. It’s kind of neat. If I upload that, I’ll censor out the model’s face and naughty bits, though.

Here’s another photo from the same batch. The model in this photo is not the same as the model in the nude pics, fyi.

It's the little things

Some of the (non-nude) prints were done on a really odd paper. It actually feels more fabric than paper, so I’m wondering if it’s maybe linen based. Unfortunately, since these photos are larger than my scanner, I’ll only be able to scan in a cropped image.

I’m also in the middle of doing an inventory of photographic paper stash. I have a huge amount of it, and besides a few boxes of new stuff, almost everything is from the 1940s-1970s. So, I’m going to figure out what I have, do some research on how to use it, and start sampling the various papers. I figure anything that doesn’t produce a good print can just go in the lumen pile. I also found out that I probably need to get a different safelight filter. I’ve been using a standard red safelight for darkroom stuff, but I see that I’ve got a bunch of chloride based contact printing papers, and apparently those need a green safelight. I may need to get my hands on some of the older style chems for paper developer, too.

Found Friday #21

Woman outside of greenhouse

Earlier this year, I got a large collection of slides, quite by accident. The majority of the slides were of nature-y things, but a few of the oldest slides had some people in them. I’m not sure if the photographer felt more comfortable taking pictures of things that weren’t people (I can relate), or if there’s just a large part of this collection that wound up going somewhere else.

Orchid

Either way, the few pictures of people that I managed to get by this photographer are pretty great. The pics in this post all date from roughly the mid 1940s through early 1950s, based on the type of slide mounts used for the Kodachrome film.

On the beach

This is probably the best amateur formal portrait I’ve come across (although I love the picture at the very top of this post for an informal portrait).

Sweet sixteen

Also, I kind of want to be sunglasses woman in this next photo:

On holiday

As a bonus, in the above picture, there’s an amazingly creepy clown sign in the upper left. You may have to go to the Flickr photo page and view it larger in order to see it, but it’s there. Being creepy.

In other news, we spent 3 nights this week trying to get pictures of the Perseid meteor shower, to no available. It’s been so oppressively hot and humid here that none of the nights were worth anything for sky viewing. We finally did see a few meteors last night, but then a massive, sky-cloaking cloud covered up the little patch of sky we were watching. So, astronomy FAIL! Bummer. Am waiting until the temp drops to do much of any other photography, or our upcoming vacation, whichever comes first…

Found Friday #20

My city in ruins

Here’s some vintage 70s era urban decay! Woot!

Boom

These pics were on a roll of 127 Kodacolor-X that I developed in cold C-41 chems. I have no context for them, unfortunately – I have no idea where these were taken (somewhere in Ohio, I’d guess) or why (besides that destruction always rocks).

Flare

Anyway, I’m always happy when I can get images to come out of process C-22 film. Yay!