Since I habitually use film, paper, and photography books that are over, oh, say 3 decades old, I figured it would be beneficial for myself and others to have information about vintage photography goodness all in one place.
In compiling this, I’m looking at sources ranging from old books, film data sheets, and my own experience, among other things. It is not my intent to infringe on anyone’s copyright, and I’m not sure if, for instance, posting a recipe for a film developer that I got from a photography book printed in 1951 is doing so. I just want to get information like that available online and easily accessible. I intend on listing what my sources are, but still, if I go over the line and step on anyone’s copyright, please let me know.
Also, it probably needs to be said that mucking about in a darkroom is potentially messy and dangerous. I use proper safety equipment when needed (gloves, respirator, etc), and would expect that anyone else doing similar things would as well. A lot of the chemicals called for are toxic/dangerous/scary, and if you decide to use these chems, you’re on your own. Do some research (besides just this website) about what you’re getting into, check out MSDS sheets, and make sure to protect yourself. Just because I post a recipe for developer from the 1940s does not mean that I’ve actually mixed it up and tried out – I’m just trying to keep this sort of information from disappearing altogether.
Information in this section will be updated on a “When I feel like doing it” basis. 🙂