Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2018/07/06

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Subject: [Leica] Unusual Photo Story: A Recovered Picture
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 09:36:06 -0500
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Nice recovery, Jim.? I've got one of those cameras around here somewhere.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

On 7/6/2018 7:39 AM, Jim Shulman wrote:
> A few days ago a friend showed me his latest acquisition: a Vest Pocket
> Kodak Autographic camera, which looked to be from the 1920s or so.  There
> was a partially used roll of film inside, which he finished with some
> snapshots in the back yard.   Visions of long-gone flappers filled the
> imagination, saved on the film therein.
> I told him I'd process the film, but as with any photographic film that old
> getting any discernable images was a crapshoot.  I'd heard that the rule of
> thumb for developing old film is lose one f-stop per each decade.  When I'd
> loaded the film onto the reel (not so easy with film that had been coiled
> for decades!) and sealed the tank, I took a look at the backing paper.  It
> was decidedly more 50s-60s looking, and at the top include an exposure 
> chart
> with a note that Verichrome Pan is ASA 125.  That would probably peg it 
> late
> 1950s and later, and the look of the backing paper reminded me of 50s/60s
> Kodak product.
> With that in mind I figured that the usual VP developing time in D-76 1:1
> was about eight minutes, with each pushed stop adding about four minutes.
> Given five decades, that would be an additional 20 minutes, the total
> rounded to a half-hour.
> That seemed to do the trick.  When I removed the film from the tank two
> exposures taken decades ago were perfectly clear, but the recently taken
> shots a vague, blurry mess.  Perhaps the camera had deteriorated in the
> interim.
> The picture shows a family with clothes and hairstyles of about 1965.  Why
> they were using a 40 year old folding camera is an answer lost to the ages.
> I have no idea who they were, or the occasion of the picture.
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