13 Apr 2017

Finnish Erika brochure

I recently made a purchase from a Finnish used bookstore, and while trying to find a few more things to buy to take better advantage of the flat rate shipping I came across this wonderful brochure. The seller kindly threw it in for free.

Based on the models available, and the code printed on the back, I think this is from 1939. I've seen a very similar brochure in German, but it's nice to have one in another language that I'm a bit familiar with. (I know some Finnish, but couldn't hold a conversation yet. Those other books I was buying aren't novels!)

3 Apr 2017

Yashica Electro 35 photos

When I decided I really wanted to get into film photography with some degree of seriousness, I did a lot of research and came up with what I thought would be the perfect camera for me, based on my digital photography habits, and my love for 1970s Japanese cameras.

The one I came up with is the Yashica Electro 35 GTN. It is an aperture-priority auto exposure rangefinder, which is admittedly a lot of jargon if you're not into photography. Anyway, it suits me and the Electro 35 is one of the few cameras that uses this method.

It also happens to be a fantastic camera all around, and cheap as well. I paid $7 for mine on ebay and picked it up locally. Of course, the batteries cost as much as the camera itself but that's to be expected.

I took a gamble on it, since there is a specific fault known to affect these cameras, but it turned out to be working perfectly. All the photos on this post have been taken with it during the past month. The above four were on my first test roll of film.

It has really good low light capabilities, and was advertised as being a camera you'd never need a flash with. It's a pretty accurate claim, as you can take good photos indoors and in twilight without a tripod. Even in the middle of the night if there are city lights and you have a steady hand.

It's a fantastic camera all around; easy to use but not fully automated. The exposure is always good, and the images come out sharp and clear.

These photos are from a recent trip to San Francisco.

I like how this photo of signage turned out, you can hardly tell that it's not from the 1980s.

Here is an example of handheld night photography. A little blurry, but not bad at all.

Back in Sacramento again, a city which might as well call itself "old car city" for the number of vintage automobiles lining the city streets. I'm not really into cars, but it is fun taking black and white photos of them.

This Chevrolet has seen better days.

Here are a few dogs playing in the early morning light.

These old brick warehouses have sat empty for years, pending redevelopment. The project has been in the works for over 20 years, but it's supposed to be picking up speed...

A few more old cars; here's a "Ramble".

And a Hudson, quite a nice find.

Of all the old cars, though, probably the easiest to find on these streets are old Volkswagens of various types, especially the vans like this one in bright red (not that you can tell).

And to finish it off, here's a self portrait to show off its indoor lighting performance. That's my Optima Humber 88.

9 Mar 2017

Typewriters in the TPL archives

1937 - The Stationers Inc typewriter showroom.

I've been digging through Tacoma Public Library's online photo archive; here are some interesting typewriter-related images I've found.

1937 - The Stationers Inc typewriter repair shop.

1937 - The Stationers Inc typewriter repair shop.

1940 - Tacoma Times newspaper office.

1941 - Interior of the Cunocar mobile accounting service's van.

1952 - Sears display of Remington portable typewriters.

1952 - New Royal standards delivered to the Washington State Federation of Labor.

1975 - 16-year-old Randall Bailey with his antique collection, including an Oliver.

22 Feb 2017

Typewriters at the SFO Museum

I was contacted by the SFO Museum because they wanted to add some color to the mid-century section of their upcoming typewriter display (May 2017 to January 2018 in Terminal 2, if you're curious). They chose these four, along with two change-a-type kits.

At the end of last month, Daniel and Alisa made the drive from San Francisco to pick them up. We'd discussed by email the possibility of including my Moskva 4 in the international display as well, but space constraints prevented it.

But, after showing it to them, we decided I'd loan it to them and they'd try to fit it in anyway! Fingers crossed the space can be found for it! Many years ago (way before I started this blog) I'd had the idea to set up a typewriter display in my local library, but it never materialized. So I'm glad to finally be able to do something like this.

7 Feb 2017

PNW2017 (days 5 to 8)

Our next stop was one of my favorite places in the world, the Hoh rainforest.

I'd never visited it in the middle of winter with snow, and it was a new and different experience.

With the temperature just below zero, the typical thick, foresty, musty feeling of the air was less apparent.

We got to see salmon swimming upriver to lay their eggs.

This is a natural colonnade of trees formed by a nurselog.

Next, we hiked the Ozette trail to Cape Alava, the westernmost point of the contiguous 48 states. Much of the trail was a boardwalk.

Here are some views of the coast at Cape Alava.

Then we drove up to Hurricane Ridge to get the real snow experience. It's a popular place for skiers but we just tromped around in the snow.

Our next destination was Seattle, which we reached by the Bremerton ferry.

Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in North America, and is publicly owned.

It gives a great view of the Seattle skyline.

To get a daylight view, we climbed to the top of the water tower in Volunteer Park, a free alternative to the Space Needle.

Plus, you get to actually see the Space Needle in the skyline this way.