2007 Meetings

June 5, 2007

The TPCA held one of our "irregular" meetings at Hickory Hollow.  Camera-related discussions included:

Boy Scout Ansco Memo, in green-painted wood (quite a nice little box) with the original case - and instruction book!  This was followed by a series of Minolta-16 subminiatures. The first  was one of the first models - not even named Minolta - called a "Konan", with fairly heavy machined aluminum body. Then came some later "Minolta-16" cameras, in various colors (from the color, we were asked to guess where they were purchased...). Last was a "late-model" unit with a real optical finder, extended shutter speeds, and a faster lens.

Kodak "EktaLux" bulb flash system, consisting of the main unit with multiple extension outlets, remote trigger connection; using 5/25 and 2/22 (large screw base) bulbs. These were shown in illustrations being mounted on Graphic 4x5 cameras, obviously aiming at the "professional" market. Then, the "extension" flash unit, designed to trigger off the main unit. Both units were shown in pristine condition, in the original boxes! The manual for the primary flash said it could trigger up to 7 of the extensions, using a small 22.5V battery in each one. NOTE: Tom was able to recently buy some of these from Interstate batteries!

Started with showing a "Military Vest Pocket Seneca", in the box. He asked the group of he should consider getting the bellows replaced - answer? NO;  best left as is for collector purposes. Then, came a group of Eastman 3A folding cameras, including an early model with brass shutter, pneumatic timing, and good-looking wood interior, all varnished, using simulated (?) ivory scales. One even included the fairly rare stylus, used for marking directly on the film, through a small door on the back of the camera. These are usually lost, or "pilfered" by the curious at some time in the long life these cameras seem to have. Most intriguing was the "fancy" top-end model shown with built-in rangefinder. Quite an impressive camera! - even if not the easiest to use in practice.

November 17, 2007

Showed us an unusual QRS KAMRA (phenolic, fairly simple camera...) with a f/3.5 2 in. Graf Anastigmat; in a focus mount and aperture stops marked down to f/22. Next was an Ansco "Semi-Automatic", using Ansco #6A roll film, and has a spring-wound film advance. Exposures are 2-1/2" by 4-1/4",
limited to 5 per roll. The camera was designed and patented in 1915 by Carl Bomman (who also patented the 1927 Ansco Memo). Winding this  - before shooting the user could pop off about 1 shot per second.

The "BIG FIND" was a Mourfield Direct Positive Camera, (probably a prototype?) without the leather covering. The lens is an Ilex Portrait 4 inch of f/3.4. Using direct positive paper (in place of film), it's possible it was meant to develop the picture within the camera body. Bought at an estate sale in Dallas, it turns out the designer was most likely a Mr. Carl L. Mourfield, of Dallas, who had other patents (including 1947/49/51), outlining studio cameras that provided both an "immediate" paper positive, as well as a normal negative.

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