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πŸ’» One of Ted Shideler‘s many interesting pursuits is old schoolhouses. He has documented many in east-central Indiana. In a very interesting article, he shares with you how you can recognize old schoolhouses yourself. Read How to identify an old schoolhouse when you’re out driving around

Small church or school
Pentax ME, 35mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-A,Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 @EI 200, 2018

πŸ’» Benj Edwards tells the story of the seminal video game, Pong, on its 50th anniversary. Read The Making of Pong

πŸ’» Skateboarders have long been reviled. I guess they can be a nuisance, but I’ve never experienced them that way. All they want is a place to skate. Eric Lee Burch is a skateboarder, and he writes a terrific story about how he was instrumental in his town building a skate park. Read Dedication to the cause

πŸ“· John Margetts found a small device that lets you make photographs of transparencies. It’s made by Leitz, of Leica camera fame, and is probably from the 1930s. Read Leitz Eldia

πŸ“· Lots has been written about the Nikon F3 online in this era of film-camera reviews. Mike Eckman adds his voice, but focuses on the camera’s history, and its usability. Read Nikon F3 (1980)

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πŸ’» Lawrence Yoh considers the constant push-pull between restfulness and restlessness in our minds. A fascinating read. Read The Riddle of Rest

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πŸ’» It’s easy to shake our heads at all of the young people stuck in their phones all the time. But did you ever consider just how much time people of the older generation spend staring at their televisions? Heather Burns wonders why more people don’t wonder about it. Read A thought experiment: what if we talked about the over-60s’ screen time the way we talk about young people’s screen time?

πŸ’» brandib tells the story of a Norman Rockwell painting hanging in an American Legion hall that nobody knew was an original, and not a print. Read Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving

πŸ“· Bill Smith gave Kentmere 400 film a whirl for the first time recently, and shares his results. Read Kentmere 400, the Cheap and Cheerful Black and White Film from Ilford

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πŸ’» Have you ever owned something so nice and expensive that you were afraid to use it lest you damage it? Shawn Granton ponders this relative to expensive bicycles. Read Beausage and Special Bikes

Mustang
Minolta Maxxum 5, 35-70mm f/4 Maxxum AF Zoom, Tura 125 @EI 100 (x/1-04), HC-110 B, 2022

πŸ’» From the Improbable Pets department, the Vintage Everyday blog shows photographs of long-ago Hollywood celebrities and their pet cheetahs. Read 15 Amazing Photographs of Old Celebrities Posing With Their Pet Cheetahs

πŸ“· arh reviews a leaf-shutter, fixed-lens 35mm SLR, the Kowa SE. It looks for all the world like any other SLR! Read Photography Quintessance with a Kowa SE

πŸ“· It’s a pseudo-TLR, but it sure is pretty. That might be because it was designed by Raymond Loewy! Mike Eckman gives the long-form review of this camera. Read Ansco Anscoflex II (1954)

πŸ“·Alex Luyckx reviews a Russian film, Tasma NK-II. It is extremely silvery, a characteristic I like very much in black-and-white films. Read Film Review Blog No. 89 — Tasma NK-II

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πŸ’» If you’re an overthinker like me, the very title of David Cain‘s recent post will compel you to click through. Read How to Stop Thinking Too Much

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Canon EOS Rebel S, 35-80mm f/4-5.6 Canon EF, Fujicolor 200, 2016

πŸ’» J. P. Cavanaugh ponders Velveeta, the almost-cheese by Kraft. He even researched this stuff’s history! It’s been around for 104 years. Read The Velveeta Century

πŸ“· Alex Luyckx reviews the Canon EOS 3000, an entry-level auto-everything SLR. He correctly points out that cameras like this are fantastic for breaking into film photography. You can get them for peanuts and they are easy to use. Read Camera Review Blog No. 149 – Canon EOS 3000

πŸ“· At the other end of the Canon SLR spectrum is the pro-level New F-1, a manual and mechanical camera. Alyssa Chiarello puts one through its paces. Read The Canon New F-1

πŸ“· Bob Janes picked up a used Konica Autoreflex T3 (see my review of this great camera here) and it needed repair. He walks us through the repair step by step. Read Baby’s in Black – Swapping Body Plates on the Konica Autoreflex T3

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This morning a small group of family and friends are gathering at a site on the St. Joseph River in South Bend to scatter our parents’ ashes. Mom was born and raised in South Bend, and lived there most of her life. Dad didn’t come to South Bend until he was almost a teenager, but South Bend well and truly became his hometown. It was Mom’s wish that her ashes be scattered in the St. Joe. Dad just asked that his be scattered somewhere; it seems fitting to us that it be in the St. Joe as well.

Now this week’s blog posts.

The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge
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πŸ’» A couple years ago I got to walk out onto the George Rogers Clark bridge that connects Jeffersonville, Indiana, to Louisville, Kentucky. See my photos here. This week, the Transportation History blog tells its story. Read 1929: The Opening of a Bridge Between Kentucky and Indiana

πŸ’» Spotify is complaining publicly about Apple taking 30% of the price of every audiobook they sell on iPhones. That’s how Apple makes the big bucks! There are lots of articles out there about how Apple is the big, bad wolf, but Nick Gerlich tells them all to get over it’s Apple’s yard and you have to pay to play in it. Read It Is What It Is

πŸ’» Jeff Sun looks at the history of grocery shopping in the US, and how the automobile has been linked to it. A fascinating read. Read Curbside Curbside: The Intertwined Histories of Grocery Shopping and Cars

πŸ“· Alex Luyckx reviews an ISO 200 black-and-white film from a defunct Hungarian film manufacturer. Read Classic Film Review Blog – Forte Fortepan 200

πŸ“· Haking was a Hong Kong maker of inexpensive cameras that didn’t look so inexpensive. One of them was a pseudo-TLR called the Halina Prefect. Stephen Dowling tells its story. Read Halina Prefect: When is a TLR not a TLR?

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πŸ’» Let it not be said that I don’t deal with the critical issues of the day here in Recommended Reading. Television writer Mark Evanier explains why closing credits on vintage TV shows are formatted so weird. Read ASK me: Old TV credits

Peonies on the coffee table
Miranda Sensorex II, 50mm f/1.8 Auto Miranda, Kodak Ektar 100, 2015

πŸ’» Have you ever heard of the Hague Convention? If you and your spouse move with your children to one of the countries that has signed on to this treaty, you can’t take your children home even to visit unless both spouses agree. If you do it anyway, you can be charged with kidnapping. This is a mixed bag, as Suzanne Lucas explains. She and her husband moved their family to Switzerland some years ago. Read Swiss Sunday: The Hague Convention

πŸ“· Did you know that Leica is rereleasing a film camera they discontinued years ago? It’s being hailed as an important moment in the future of film photography. James Tocchio calls BS, because this camera costs north of $5,000. He reminds us that any number of late-film-era autofocus SLRs can be had for peanuts and make terrific images. Read Leica’s New M6 and Solving the Film Photography Accessibility Problem

πŸ“· Miranda made some wonderful 35mm SLRs in its time, but never achieved the popularity of the bigger makers. Mike Eckman reviews an early Miranda SLR. Read Miranda A (1958)

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