Vintage Tuesday: Montreal in the 1940s “Part II”

vintage photography montreal (16)Montreal in the 1940s is back again this week because I am just so in love with these photographs and want to share as much of them as possible with the world. I think I’ll probably keep the rest for later on in the year but for now I wanted to share the ones I’ve complied as the ‘dam and bridge’ ones. I think the family must have lived right beside this bridge or near the dam because they have a lot of photos taken there and most of them you can tell by the changing outfits that they were taken at various times and not just from one day. It’s hard to tell as well if the dam actually flows into the same stream the bridge is going over. It’s really a mystery and I feel like I’ve actually seen this bridge before which makes me even more curious. I absolutely love these photographs and wish I knew more about this family. When I first went through them I thought the photos probably covered years of this families life but now I’ve changed my opinion and decided they were probably wealthy and actually took photos more often than most people did in the 1940’s because it’s mostly photos of the younger 20ish looking boys and girls posing in front of various things and being silly or fashionable. Let me know what you think in the comments!

If you missed my last post about this collection of vintage photographs, check it out here!

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Vintage Tuesday: Montreal in the 1940s

vintage photography montreal (21) A few weeks ago I showed you some of my growing vintage slide collection so I thought this week I’d share one of my other photography collections – vintage photos from the 1940’s. Last year I went to a big vintage fair in the basement of a church where all these vintage and retro stores had tables set up of various things like cameras, dishes, clothing, jewelry and the like. One table in particular in-between all the retro diner ware had amazing small vintage photos scattered about. I started going through them thinking I could pick up one or two that were interesting but soon found out their appeared to be a whole collection from the same Montreal family in 1940’s to 1950’s taken around the area. The idea of owning all of them for some future project (still haven’t thought of it yet – brewing a few ideas together) really appealed to me so I worked out a deal with the owner of them for purchasing all 120ish of them for $80. I honestly thought it was a bit of rip off until I got home and realized how expensive it is to buy vintage photos and rare to get more than 10 or so from the same time period or family. Definitely something I am going to keep my eye out for in the future because just going through them all and finding a retro album to store them has really been amazing. Sharing a few for now but definitely will share more in the future. I wish I could give more context to these…I like to think they are a mobster family as that is quiet common for Montreal and they look Italian to me and well off.

 

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Let me know what you think in comments, I love to hear your story of this family or even your own experience with vintage photography!

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Vintage Tuesday: The Lost Apple Picking Polaroids

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Okay so the title is a little bit of an extreme but these polaroids definitely had a long journey from being taken to being scanned onto my computer. Mostly because I decided to sleep for 2 hours before getting up super early to go apple picking with Zara and Victor and was a lacking in the brain power to basically function. No only did I manage to lose one of my bag straps (that closes my camera bag) and my triceratops brooch from Hungry Designs….I forgot all the polaroids in Zara’s car. We don’t see each other much so let’s just say it was probably 4 months before I saw them again. Lol. Much to my dismay since these are probably the best instant shots I’ve taken in the last year. I’ve had them for a while but it felt weird sharing photos of sunny skies when it was -30 outside and snowing. A little late is always better than never (that’s my photography slogan by now I think). All of these were taken on a sunny late October day that looked like it would rain at any moment. We walked through a wonderful apple orchard in D’Oka picking apples and eatting them too (until we felt sick). It was a lot of fun and we ended up with a haul of apples and even pumpkins in the end. We also got to pet goats they had there too, that was probably my favourite part! I share some none instant photos of this day back in November so check them out here is you want to more.

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Polaroids: Graffiti & the Abandoned Building

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On Saturday I tagged along with Starchild Stela (check out her blog) as she worked on a Jem and the Holograms piece. I brought with me my Polaroid Super Shooter Plus to capture some instant shots since I haven’t had a proper chance to test it out since picking it up last month . I’ve been so bored of the snow and there wasn’t much happening in March to get excited about and document. I am beyond in love with my new camera though. It’s pretty much identical to my Colorpack IV except it doesn’t have the distance dial (which I do actually miss quite a bit as my sense of distant is abysmal) and it comes with rollers. I love the rollers instead of however you explained the Colorpack’s way of spitting out film. So much smoother – no jams at all in the 2 packs of film I shot on Saturday. The rollers are so much more satisfying when pulling on the film as well.I dare say it’ll be my go to instant camera from now on. I’ll hold off on the full review until I’ve had a chance to use it a whole bunch though. Excited for when shooting will not be so tricky, since it is still cold here I had to walk around with the cold clip under my armpit every time I took a shot to keep it warm. I also had a plastic bag on the ground with all the film scattered on it trying to dry – looked quiet the sight to say the least. I brought with me my Nikon as well so there will be more shots over the next few weeks in various posts of Saturday but I just had to share the Polaroids right away.

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How To: Battery Conversion for Polaroid

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How To: Battery Conversion for Polaroids

I am very excited about today’s Vintage Tuesday post as it’s my “How To” for converting Polaroid cameras to take AA or AAA batteries instead of the original camera battery. I’ve been waiting a long time to do this modification to my Polaroid Land Camera 210 and as soon as my battery holder arrived in the mail I pounced! Most older Polaroid Land Cameras use a custom 3V or 4V battery type that is hard to find (not impossible mind you if you look online) and relatively expensive.  So it’s ideal to do this simple and cheap conversion and that way you can spend more money on film! Speaking of film, I heard right after doing this mod to my camera about the discontinuations of FP-3000B Fujifilm Black and White instant film. Let’s just say I am very sadden by this news and have signed this petition to have Fujifilm reconsider – highly suggest you sign if you use instant film because this the last and only black and white instant film on the market anymore. Anyways sad news aside below is simple steps for the conversion, it took me no time at all and the only thing I bought was the battery holder for $2. Make sure to click on the photos for the better view of the steps.

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  • A Polaroid camera
  • Electrical tape
  • Electronic pliers
  • Battery case holder
    *for AA or AAA batteries (3V bought here)
    *to figure out what voltage you need for each type of Polaroid camera this guide is great!

Steps:

  1. Using pliers snip off the old battery ends as we will not be using them.
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  2. Using the pliers stripe the plastic coating so you have exposed wiring for both black and white.
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    *I did go back and restrip so I had more exposed wiring as this amount was not long enough
  3. The battery holder I am using comes with wiring already and had the ends striped. However you can trim down the length.
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    *it’s been awhile since I’ve done any wiring so I left mine intact in case I made any mistakes.
  4. Now twist the wires, black to black and red to white.
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    *I had to do this a few times as my wires were not that long and the older Polaroid wiring was frayed badly.
  5. Before doing anything else put batteries in the holder and test to make sure the connections are being properly made. There is two ways to see if the shutter is working. First: open up the back of the camera where the film goes and try taking a photo, you should be able to see the light from the open shutter. Second: Fire off the shutter once when there is no batteries in the holder and again when there is and listen for the difference. If the batteries are connected correctly there should be a 2nd distinct click sound when you let go of the shutter that wasn’t there before.
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  6. Take electrical tape and wrap the exposed wires.
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  7. Take pliers (or anything that will work for you) and snap off all the old battery holder plastic to make room for the new case. This step should be #1 but I wasn’t very confident and well I am one of those people who hates doing permanent modes to cameras.
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    *this was actually the hardest part and took me an hour, keep in mind I had to be careful about the wiring so I think it’d be much easier if done as the first step. I also gave up towards the end so my holder just barely fits.
  8. Insert the battery holder with the batteries and close the case.
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    *you can add foam to secure the case so it doesn’t move around however since I didn’t gut the insides out completely it’s tight enough that it doesn’t move.
    *as you can see my wires are very long – would reccomend trimming them however not a big issue.
  9. Take photos!

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Snow Time with Ising Pucky

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My Newest Vintage Camera: Kodak Jiffy

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My new addition to my vintage camera collection, this is the Kodak Jiffy Six 20 Series II folding camera from the Eastman Kodak Co. made in 1937 to 1948. She’s super pretty, although the first series of the Jiffy had a really cool art deco pattern on the front but I just love her.  Old school metal and leatherette cameras are just impossible to say no to and I got her and the original case for $25 which to me is impossible to say no to. She’s the third folding camera I have now in my collection and uses 620 film which is easy to convert from 120 film so I should be out and shooting with her by next weekend. The prints are 6x9cm which is a monster. I really want to do some landscapes which is hard when I live in a city but I think that’d be the best use of that large print just panoramic style shoots. I have been really dry with showing you guy’s vintage photography for the last few months. I’ve just been obsessed with my Polaroid Colorpack this summer and fall and still haven’t bought any new chemicals for developing black and white film. Winter I feel is a perfect time to break out the vintage camera and just head off into the snow to find an adventure…and with a camera named Jiffy you’re likely to find one.

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Autumn Polaroids

polaroid colorpack018 (1024x815)Today’s Vintage Tuesday is Polaroid shots taken in November from a walk to Parc La Fontaine and in our back balcony. I love the first shot of the man-made lake, it’s so calm and the smearing of the ink on the side make it almost looks like a water color. I haven’t shot any film with my Colorpack in almost a month now, I’ve been trying to get my other land camera polaroid to work instead so I’ve been holding onto my film. I am actually going to do a How To for my land camera because I need to convert it from a speciality battery to AAs. However ever place I ask about buying a converter to install I just get blank faces but I haven’t resorted to buying it online yet so it’ll take some time to track it down locally. I did watch a few videos last week about making double exposures with Polaroid film. I am very curious to test it out so maybe I’ll load my Colorpack up again soon and see if I can. It’s freezing here so not the best time of the year for taking instant photos. Let me know if you’ve tried taking double exposures with Polaroid cameras and if you had any luck!

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Picking Apples Last Year: Polaroids

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Can you see I am continuing my summer obsession with Polaroids? I cannot help it – the randomness of them and the saturation of the Fuji FP-100c is just too good to pass up. Although to be honest I’ve actually had to restock on chemicals for developing at home and all the film I use in vintage cameras is home developed by me so I haven’t been able to do any developing of film since August. I cannot wait to show you coming in some other film from some of my other vintages cameras. I am also hoping to do the battery conversion for my other Polaroid land camera so I can use that guy too (trying to find the double A battery box is turning out harder to find that I suspected). For right now, more shots taken with my Polaroid Colorpack camera with Fuji instant film for Vintage Tuesday. These were taken  when I went apple picking with Victor and my friend Tammy and Dustin lat year. It was a lot of fun and seeing how the shots turned out is really the best part. I took a whole bunch from my last trip picking apples at the same orchard but I left in my friend Zara’s car so those will have to wait another day until I can get those back.

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October in Review

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It’s already almost at the end of autumn this review for October is a little bittersweet because it means there will be no more fall leaves prancing around and vivid colors in every direction. I enjoyed every moment of it though. I have so much fun around Halloween decorating my house, carving pumpkins and working on postcards for my friends. It was a really quiet Halloween day for me but someday I’ll have a house where I can cover the lawn in spooky decorations and go all out and have kids ring my doorbell all night long. Beside Halloween though October had some really fun moments like picking apples with Zara and Victor and going for walks in our neighborhood. Home life is still a little stressful with Butter still having her aggressive outbursts once a week but I am hoping the days where she is her old self keep going for longer and longer. As for my photography, I am excited to be working on postcards that I should hopefully have in time for Christmas season. I am debating how or if I’ll be selling them, I’ve been debating opening an Etsy store for a few years now but never feel confident enough to do it. For the blog though there will be more recipes and I’ll be having Christmas gift guides for my Picks of the Week starting in November to December. I also have my color film developer kit now so I am hoping in the next few weeks to try for the first time developing my own colored 35 and 120 films – excited and scared all at the same time. Beside the freezing weather outside I am really looking forward to November!

a few select posts from October:

Prince Edward Island in Polaroids
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Fall with Holga Close Up and Macro Lens
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Montreal Botanical Garden
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Paint by the Numbers
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Walk Around Parc LaFontaine with Kodak Dualflex
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How to Organize Negatives
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Apple Crumble Cupcakes Recipes
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What I Wore
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Featured Aritst: The White Deer & Ally Burke
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