a little typewriter hunting


Typewriter hunting

I took a drive down south of Barrie to the 400 Antique Mart just off the 400 super highway that runs down to Toronto.

Just three typewriters.  One, an early SCM office electric with no power cord.  One Underwood 5, rightly described as mint condition, but asking a silly, that is beyond outrageous price of $198.00.  I acquired an Underwood 5 not in mint condition from the Huronia Museum for $10.  The Underwood 5 was made in very large numbers, many have survived and the Underwood 5 is normally a 10-15 dollar item.  Worth adding to your collection, but not an item to kid yourself into paying 200 dollars.  They were an early practically indestructible office typewriter. OTOH it was the cleanest typewriter I have ever seen.  At the other end of the Mart another Underwood 5 asking a semi-comical $49.  I passed on all three.

I took a few photos in the Mart and one of an old Dodge up in Coldwater, Ontario.

I was fortunate in Barrie on the way home.  Went to Staples,  parking lot was awfully full.  Then I remembered it was the end of the afternoon of the first day back to school.  Last second school supplies were being sought.   I went backwards a few steps in the technology and bought a Brother electronic typewriter.  I will post about it later this week.

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Underwood Typewriter
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Voigtlander Vitessa rangefinder camera
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Marshall’s Photo Retouching Kit
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Bronson Altoona Casting Reel, fishing reel
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Kid’s fancy western two gun rig, gun belt with revolvers
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old Dodge
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CV Bessa R Nokton 50mm f1.5 lens


Cosina Voigtlander Bessa R body with CV Nokton 50mm f1.5 lens, for 35mm film, a rangefinder camera, with a bright viewfinder.

Lens mount on this camera is Leica Thread Mount or LTM. The later lens mount from Leica is the M-bayonet mount.  CV makes camera bodies and lenses in M mount as well. For more information on the range of products see www.cameraquest.com

 

Voigtlander was originally a German firm with a long history of lens making. Taken over by a Japanese firm and breathed life again into the 35mm rangefinder type of cameras with some low cost bodies and lenses, designed fo provide affordable quality when compared to Leica products.

The other lenses I have for this camera:  Cosina 35mm Classic f2.5 LTM (Leica Thread Mount) and a f2.0 Jupiter 9 85mm (LTM made in the former Soviet Union).

CV Bessa R with Jupiter 9 85mm f2.0 lens mounted, Picnic Table at Awenda Provinicial Park near Penetanguishene, Ontario

My plan is to get some fresh colour film and reload this body and take some photographs outdoors tomorrow.  I will post the results when I get them processed.

two old lens test shots with the Jupiter 9.  There are reports of examples of this lens being difficult to focus accurately.  Some discussions point to two factors, a slight difference in the Leica Thread Mount and the Soviet copy, and general production quality control problems.  The general consensus is the earlier models of the FSU lens are of better quality.  Look for earlier, i.e. lower serial numbers.

interpreter


interpreter

Originally uploaded by canuckshutterer.

Ste. Marie interpreter – I suppose she is supposed to be a French Jesuit, who were all males. Ste. Marie Among the Hurons is the reconstructed fortified mission to the Hurons or Wendat people originally built in the 1640s, located just east of Midland, Ontario, Canada.

Camera used was a Yashica D Twin Lens Reflex camera using 120 roll film, Agfa 100 APX (100 ISO) film, the negative is 6cm x 6cm in size.

Ft. Verde medical office bottles



Ft. Verde medical office bottles

Originally uploaded by canuckshutterer.

taken with my first digicam back in 1999 at Ft. Verde, AZ, a 1880s-90s US ARMY Post involved in the Apache Wars. some manipulation of the image in software. The Sony Mavica FD-7 camera used 3.25 micro-diskettes and made images that were a whopping 37 kb in size.