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Paul Blanchard
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Early Leitz enlarger surfaces alive and well
Regular readers will know of my interest in enlargers which goes back a long way and often threatens to overtake my ability as a black and white printer.  Long watching  of the well known Auction site has provided some odd machines but this week I acquired ...
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Early Leitz enlarger surfaces alive and well
Regular readers will know of my interest in enlargers which goes back a long way and often threatens to overtake my ability as a black and white printer. Long watching  of the well known Auction site has provided some odd machines but this week I acquired a...
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The First Camera of Christmas
Previous ramblings ( blog Passim ) have dealt with the wealth of Leica related merchandise available at this time of year. Well, the first spotted this year is the Primark tree decoration illustrated below.  It has taken almost 100 years for the Leica to be...
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Leica- Who Done Its - Yet more books,
The last book I have come across recently that has mention of the Leica in  detail is by Jacqueline Winspear in the 'Maisie Dobbs' series. I have been reading  'A Dangerous Place' set in Gibralter during the Spanish Civil War.                       The Leic...
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Yet more Leicas in Fiction
I suppose that setting a novel or Detective yarn in the 1930's makes  the Leica easy copy to give authentic background to your story. The first of two such cases is the recently published works of Ian Sansom. His latest work is a series called the County Gu...
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More Literary Leicas
Not a wotk of Fiction but just a very brief magazine cover to back up a story on the artist Humphrey Spender, 1910-2005. In 1999 Country Life published a comprehensive article based on the Studio/House built by Richard Rogers at Maldon for the Artist. For t...
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Monsieur Pamplemousse's Leica and Trinovid
A very short Book Review of a fairly short, old,  Book by the late Michael Bond published in 1989 which has just come to my attention through a gift of Detective novels from an old friend. In short, a light hearted romp called 'Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft.'...
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Rara Avis - The Focomat 1b in captivity
 A Focomat 1b has emerged available on Ebay.It is most unusual to see one of these enlargers on offer in the UK and it would be interesting to learn how it came to the UK at a time when imports were  restricted. In fact I have never seen one on Ebay in many...
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Yet another Book Review. James Ravilious.
It would appear that only books I like a lot are reviewed here, but I hasten to say that there is no trade influence in my choice of reading.  If I waste some valuable time reading a book I do not like then it will not appear here and may well appear in t...
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Further notes on the Focomat lamphouse
I have now been able to dissect a late Focomat lamphouse in detail. This is one of the last Colour models which had signs of the modern age with a magnification indicator lit from within by a gas filled bulb (of a type that has not been seen recently). I th...
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