Posts in category: History
25 November 2020

More ICA artwork by Theo Matejko

Category: History   Tags: ICA
More ICA artwork by Theo Matejko - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

I have added some new items to my collection of ICA artwork, including the most beautiful design that Theo Matejko has made for ICA.

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17 November 2020

A. Mattey Stereoscopes

Category: History   Tags: Mattey / Pennard & Fouquet / Unis France
A. Mattey Stereoscopes - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

Stéréoscopes A. Mattey was one of the largest manufacturers of stereoscopes. Little is known about the company. A catalog, invoice and cheque reveal something about its history.

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28 October 2020

ICA Postcards by Theo Matejko

Category: History   Tags: ICA / Zeiss
ICA Postcards by Theo Matejko - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

When I started my stereoscopy collection, I was mainly looking for stereoviews, stereoscopes and cameras. Gradually I became more and more interested in stereoscopy history and I started looking for promotional material from the manufacturers. These catalogs, letters, advertisements and other items are often beautifully designed and very collectable.

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23 September 2020

Nude Magazines from La Belle Époque

Category: History   Tags: Erotic Photography / Jean Agélou
Nude Magazines from La Belle Époque - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

Nude photography was widespread in France in the beginning of the 20th century. Postcards and stereoviews of nude models were readily available. The government tolerated these images as long as they were not obscene and did not disturb public order.

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9 September 2020

The Posographe by Kaufmann

Category: History
The Posographe by Kaufmann - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

Today, even the simplest digital camera has a light meter that is advanced enough to calculate good exposure times for most light conditions. How different this was at the beginning of the 20th century. Photographers had to set their exposure based on their own experience, exposure tables or a best guess. Auguste-Robert Kaufmann designed the Posographe to improve this process.

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2 September 2020

Zeiss Ikon Postcard and a little Dutch Photo History

Category: History   Tags: ICA / Zeiss
Zeiss Ikon Postcard and a little Dutch Photo History - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

Recently I found a Zeiss Ikon postcard on eBay. It was a bit too expensive but when I read the text on the back, I really wanted it. The text reveals a little bit of Dutch photo history.

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4 August 2020

La Photo Pour Tous

Category: History   Tags: Photo-Plait
La Photo Pour Tous - Black & White Photography and Stereoscopy Blog

I recently found a collection of French photo magazines from the 1920s and 1930s on eBay. I thought it would be fun to see how people experienced photography at the time. The collection contains two editions of La Photo Pour Tous. This magazine was published by Henri Plait of Photo-Plait.

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