Apr 25, 2011

Sternwartestrasse 39 Vienna

Yes! I finally received a photo of the house in the Sternwartestrasse in Vienna where Theodor Scheimpflug lived until his death in 1911. Photohistory enthusiast Peter (full name know to the editor) of Vienna was so kind to take a very fine picture of the Jugendstil house, surrounded by the green foliage of trees. He also added a photo of the stone tablet that was attached to the house in 1913, in remembrance of Theodor and his pionering work for aero cartography.
At the moment I am not going to share the pics here. That has to wait for publication of my article. Sorry. As compensation for the great disappointment this must cause, I will give you the link to a website about Austrian, and especially Viennese photo history, with lots of photos of cameras and other equipment.

During the next days I will be editing my Scheimpflug article. It is not an easy story to tell because it is a mixture of technically complex descriptions, a chronological line and Scheimpflugs character and life. But I have a very good test reader (my wife) who without any hesitation puts her finger on every weak part that I dared to keep in the text.
At the moment I have 15 illustrations, which is quite a lot. 5 of them are original photographs, the other are reproductions from a book or articles and drawings from patents.

Apr 22, 2011

Early detective camera

There's a very interesting early detective box camera for sale at eBay. I don't know which model it is, but it certainly is one that is worth to have a look at. You will not be the only one, there are 5 bids already, price now is US$ 237, and still five days to go.

Apr 17, 2011

Busy, busy, busy....

Yep, I'm so busy with all sorts of things photohistoric that I barely have the time to update my blogpage.
First of all I wrote the first draft of the Scheimpflug article. I have to streamline it thorougly to get a good story with head, body and tail.
I got great help from a collector of postcards in Austia and from someone who is working at the Technisches Museum Wien. Many thanks to them.

Besides the writing of the Scheimpflug story I received a question from the New York staff of Discovery Channel about the Stereo Kodak Model 1 camera. Nice that they found me and trusted me so much as to ask me for information. They needed the answer within a day, so I had to dig up all I could find in the hour between supper and a visit to my mother in law. Nevertheless the information was much appreciated. One of these days I'm going to update the page on my website with the info I found.

Also I tried to find something about the Blair Folding Kamerette camera, or Blair 400, as it is called sometimes (see illustration on the right). There's not much information about it on the internet or in the books I have, but I dug up an interesting article about Blair in the Photographist no. 47 of 1980. You can find it here.

Then Charlie Kamerman was so kind to send me a link to his page with all the wooden boxes in which the 7 original stringset Kodaks were packed. He has a truly amazing and unique collection.

Apr 8, 2011

Scheimpflug update and GoogleBooks

Good news today! I just received 4 photos from the Technisches Museum Wien of Scheimpflug cameras and original photographs. One camera is the 8-lens panorama camera and the other is a 3-lens panorama camera. I'm very happy with them!
I still got no reply on my mails about the Sternwartestrasse 39 in Vienna. I mailed to the manager of the office that is located there now and to the Photo Club of Vienna. But I don't give up so soon.
This weekend I am going to start writing the article. I have gathered enough information to begin and I can always fit in new bits of info.

In the wood&brass group there was a message about making indexes of photo history books. An enthusiastic collector had produced a printed index of "An age of cameras" by Holmes and shared it with the group. That is very nice, but there is a simpler alternative: try http://books.google.com/ There you can search for books, but also full text inside books. The Holmes book is scanned by Google and you can search on every word in it. If you put words between parenthesis, like "george eastman", you only get the hits with exactly the text "George Eastman" and not all the passages with "Eastman camera" or "Eastman company". See the screenshot below.

There is more to GoogleBooks. You can log in (become a member first, it is free) and make your own digital library. I have done so with the printed books I have. See My Library (top right in my blogpage). You cannot read all the books full text, but you can search in them. When I want to find something in my own books I search in GoogleBooks, find the page were the subject is mentioned and then go to my physical book to read the passage.