Last year I made Victor a slide lamp with landscape vintage slides with voyages from around the world, including the Great Wall of China. I found the perfect selection of slides for him out of my collection for his travelling spirit. Before I make anything with slides I always scan them as I hate the idea of the photo be lost forever so here is look at some of slides I used on his lamp from various people! Ps. If you are interested on how I made the slide lamp, check out my DIY here.
Me and Victor have gone all in into antiquing/thrifting every month and have been finding wonderful things to add to our growing oddities, collections and general home decor. Although we have been antiquing far more than going to second hand stores this year but I find those in the winter season are a task. I thought however why not share what we find each month with you, I mean I usually end up sharing a bit on Instagram or a random post so it’d be nice to document the whole month. I may skip some months if I don’t find much but let’s get on with March…
My adorable creature. I know, I know. Please I get it if this isn’t your thing. To be honest with you, I don’t even know why I like them. I remember my dad having a pelt of a muskrat or beaver when I was younger and being horrified by it. Most taxidermy horrifies me still, but there is something about this one…This isn’t even my first one, I actually have three other ‘cat’-like creatures. The first one I bought because it looked like a Pokemon and very soft. The next two were a set and this one I almost resisted because I didn’t want this to be a ‘thing’.
Who doesn’t want a vintage metal bell? No? Just me? Alright. I actually stood at the table where they were selling a bunch of these and chimed everyone a few times to find the one with the best sound, which was probably a pretty annoying thing to do, lol.
A selection of vintage photography including one tintype. The last mounted photograph is so stunning, please enlarge it and look at the details – it’s breath taking. Most of these are much larger format than I usually find for that era and a few landscapes so a really good haul, the cost was much higher than I usually pay but I couldn’t resist.
Victor has started collecting vintage tobacco pocket tins, this is a common standard Prince Albert tin. I think I’ll dedicate a whole post to all the ones he has because he’s actually gotten quite a few since Christmas however this is the only one picked up in March.
These camera are from a trip in February but I thought I’d share them anyways. The Baby Brownie camera from 1934-1941 and Instamatic X-15 from 1970-1976, both made by Kodak. Both were a steal at $20 for the Baby Brownie and $10 for the Instamatic.
This giant and strange looking beast of a camera is the MF2000T Motor Drive Twin Len Reflex which I picked up for $10 at a garage sale in the summer. Due to its black plastic body and general look and feel I’d say this was a camera from the 1980’s-1990’s era, however since I am unable to really find any information about this camera online I can’t say for sure. I normally don’t go for cameras of this type/time period however the extremely low price and the fact that it’s so unique I had to grab it. The camera features a viewfinder to the right of the lens that allows you to see an accurate view of what your shooting and has a much different look than typical twin lens reflex cameras (although I don’t know if that’s a good thing – this camera is very heavy and bulking). The camera also boosts a very loud motor drive that winds the film for you automatically. Beyond that it’s a fairly standard basic camera with four apertures settings and automatic focus. I’m going to try it out soon and see what I get, I don’t expect much but it’s an interesting camera none the less, lol.
When I look back at 1900s photography it’s always with great fondness and admiration, however it’s a whole another thing to ‘know’ the people in the photos. I’ve never really had a close relationship with my family, especially my grandparents on either side so I really missed out being able to go through their photo albums and in their later years discovering more about them as an adult. The only impression about my grandmother’s side of the family besides knowing they were German famers in Alberta who lived in a mostly Ukraine populated area was the cameo portraits my grandmother had in her room of her great grandparents I believe. I loved look at them so much because they were very striking and regal and very much of a moment of history, that moment before photography became the way we captured ourselves instead of oil on canvas. Much to my delight I was given a few scans of that side of the family, dating from the early 1900s, like the above photo of my grandmother’s grandparents. There aren’t many photos from the war times so the ones below will be from the 1940s to 1950s but I thought I’d show the great photography of my one side of family today.
I will definitely be sharing some more another time, as I love these. The one of my grandmother and the bear that close is surreal. She always love camping and I can see why now. Let me know in the comments below if you have any great photos to remember your grandparents or great grandparents by.
What’s more fun that really old childhood polaroids? I can’t think of much but then again I really love looking through photos of anyone for that matter (seriously come over to my house with your old photos – I will spend so much time looking through them). So when my father sent me an usb-drive of childhood photos I was thrilled. I wanted to share the Polaroid shots because I’ve never owned a Polaroid camera until years after they stopped making film so it delights me a lot to see any.
If you like the classic style of Polaroid film you may enjoy these random few.
I think we can all agree I look very drunk in both of these photos. Sure I am probably like between the ages of 1-2 years old but that’s the face of a drunk baby. It’s Christmas time at my grandma’s house and I love that my brothers and me have matching pjs for the occasion.
More Christmas polaroids. It appears that Christmas is the rare time when it calls for instant photography. Btw, it’s always easy to spot me even though I look like a boy in all these just from the blond hair alone.
The last two of the polaroids I am sharing, sadly my family wasn’t really into them. Even though we aren’t young and cute (and my dad’s ex-girlfriend is in them) I had to include these cos what the HELL is happening in these photos? I have no idea so make up your own story.
I do also have another post of my small personal collection of polaroids here, if you’d like to see more.
On the weekend me and Victor went to check out one of the only fairs we seem to consistently go it, OldWig’s Vente Vintage Sale which is a bi-annual fair here in Montreal for mostly clothing and accessories but also homeware. I think it’s the 3rd time, maybe the 4th time we’ve went to check it out and the last few times the stuff I am mostly interested in seemed sparse so I don’t know if I will go next time it rolls around. It also doesn’t help that we found that flea market before Chistmas and all I think about is its giant rows of stores with anything a hoarder could imagine to fill their house with. The shops for OldWig’s fair do change every event and this time we did go on the last day, so maybe it just a combination of things but I only found 2 things I wanted to buy.
The first was this crazy weird camera called the MF2000T Motor Drive, which is a really shitty name, no? It looks like one of those massive 80’s camera that is pretty much never going to be a collector item to anyone. The reason I liked it? Well it has an old school viewfinder in a modernish camera and it has a motor to control the film advancement. It also didn’t hurt that the seller hearing me hum and ha about it and dropped the cheap price of $25 down to $15. As he said “Sunday prices”! I can’t wait to actually shoot with this camera and think it’s a steal now that I have done some research on it. Will share with you more about this camera in a post of its own at a later date! The second thing I bought is a 80s classic, the View-Master in red for $12. I actually just acquired from Star Trek cartoon reels for a View-Master last month for $2 and was on the lookout to pick one up so I was beyond delighted. I hope I can thrift more reels as right now we just have those and the SpongeBob Squarepants one that came with it. It’s kind of one of those items you just display on your bookshelf for shits and giggles. I do hear you can make you own reels however that idea was quickly dispelled by one quick google search as it’s very expensive.
If you want to see my previous OldWig finds click here.
Sharing some of my dream vintage cameras with you guys today. When I do my yearly wish list of toy camera there is always the realm of I could go out and buy them if I really wanted. These vintage cameras I am sharing today are my DREAM vintage cameras because either they are really rare or I’d have to sell a kidney to buy even one of them let alone more than that. So don’t be suprised if some of these cameras are $1,000+. As someone who has an extensive collection of cameras I am always looking for types I don’t have, and what else I can try experimenting with. I occasionally spend an evening just searching on Etsy for vintage cameras. I love looking at them and researching them, and find ones that fit a category that I don’t currently own (Rangefinders). So this post is just me nerding out about cameras I may never own but I hope one day dropping $2,000 on a camera would be possible (I don’t see that ever happen unless it’s a DSLR).
Will include links below each if you want to know more information about each model.
Hasselblad Medium Format 500C/CM
Hasselblad cameras are classics and still made today. I just love the modular element to them and this is probably one of the few cameras on this list I will probably actually own. [more info]
The Polaroid 180 is totally different from most vintage Polaroids you are probably use to. It not only has a metal body, and a glass lens but it also has a fully manually aperture and shutter speed control. This is another one that I will likely save up for in next few years. [more info & more]
A twin reflex camera used by many professional photographers back in the day, owning one is like owning a piece of history. [more info]
Crown Graflex Graphic
I love the Crown because of it’s size and my love for all folding type cameras. Not to mention my love for instant film. It’s very unique! [more info]
Rangefinder! I don’t have any of this type of camera and this is suppose to be one of the best. [more info]
Rochester Optical Peerless
From the 1800s and a real beauty. [more info]
Polaroid 600 Coca Cola Special / Lego Land / Barbie
Okay so these are hipster picks but who could resist these designs. Honestly these camera just look like fun and the film is still being made by the Impossible Project. [more info]
A camera that doesn’t take film but instead plates. Wonder if it’s possible to still take photos with it. [more info]
The Kiev is a lower end copy of Hasselblad cameras but it’s still a worthwhile camera if you don’t have $1000 to spend. [more info]
Kodak No. 2 Folding Cartridge Hawkeye Model
The Hawkeye camera came in several unqiue shades at a time when most cameras were black. In fact the colors still sticks out to this day. However the camera is no different from most folding cameras which makes it a hard sell as it’s rare colors makes them very expensive. [more info]
Kodak Bantam Special
Another rangefinder camera, this one is mostly for the beauty. I love all the art deco cameras that were created with help from designers of the time. [more info]
Ise Edelweiss Deluxe
There is very little information on this camera but it’s excess length makes it truely unique.
(I do not own any of these original images, all were taken from google so if your image is featured and you want me to remove it please let me know by email)
I absolutely love taking double exposure with vintage Polaroid land cameras, although not always successful it’s really fun to test and see what you can get. I’ve shared these photos before but wanted to reshare them as after a year of taking multiple exposures with instant film these are my personally most successful. I find using trees as one of the shots usually results in an interesting result however putting this post together I realized how often I use them and really want to explore this summer on using more variety. I’d love to do a series of double exposures with graffiti from around Montreal so hopefully I will get a chance to explore that idea more. Man it feels like a really long time since I’ve actually used my Polaroid Colorpack or Super Shot cameras, I really need to pick up more film and get back into shooting. Hope you enjoy the shots.
Have a look back at the last year of vintage photography! Vintage Tuesday is my bi-weekly post where I share vintage cameras, photography I’ve taken using vintage cameras, tutorials and my collection of vintage slides and photographs. In the last few months I have added a lot of tintype photography to my collection that I will be sharing in upcoming months. Next year I will also be starting to develop my own film again and can’t wait. Click the link/photo if you want to see vintage photography, cameras and more.
Had the chance to take some instant film this weekend with my Polaroid Super Shot. Me and Victor went to play tennis at a court about 25minutes from our house by bike and we discovered this really cool wall structure a few blocks away. Victor found a plaque talking about how it was the site of an old factory so instead of destroying it completely they left the walls up and built a structure out of metal to stabilize both sides. The building in its original form must have been huge. I love that Montreal does try to preserve its history, even if it’s just the walls.
Tried to capture the moon in the sky but had the light meter on way too dark, the tiny white dot to the top center is indeed the moon however. Don’t know how the green ripples were created, aliens I guess.
Taking double exposures is always a risk, I’m still in the playing around period of seeing the difference between what works with a Polaroid camera in comparison to what I’m use to on my DSLR (surprising similar it seems). I am also still working on measuring distant by eye as well since I don’t have my measuring counter on the Super Shot like the Polaroid Colorpack has. The above shot is an example of a successful double exposure in my books while below is just a blurry mess.