Realistic Story of Steel Told in Photo-Murals (Feb, 1935)

Wait a minute. You mean that’s a photograph? Not a window? Wow, they sure had me fooled.

Realistic Story of Steel Told in Photo-Murals
Interesting scenes in the steel industry, from the mine to finished bridges and buildings, decorate the walls of one room in a Chicago club. The story is told in photo-murals. In a curved alcove at one side, the wall is completely covered with one large mural showing a night scene at a steel mill. So realistic is it that the observer feels he actually is looking through a single pane window at the mill. Special illumination is housed in ceiling fixtures of steel frames.



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Camera Nearly as Large as Man (May, 1934)

Camera Nearly as Large as Man

ONE of the amazing displays at the reeent camera exposition held in Berlin was that of a camera almost the size of a man. This camera was complete in every detail and was fully capable of taking pictures.


This stuff was a bit harder before photoshop.


LAUGH-PROVOKING trick pictures are fun to make and more fun to show. Contrary to popular belief, such pictures can be produced by the amateur photographer, even though he has only limited equipment. Trick shots involve two steps: cutouts and pasteups. The equipment required for them, in addition to a camera and enlarger, is a sharp knife, a sheet of clear glass large enough to hold an 8 x 10 glossy print, and a piece of heavy cardboard of the same size.

TRICK Drawings From PHOTOS (Apr, 1938)

Wow, he looks 20 years younger in the drawing. Will you be his valentine?

TRICK Drawings From PHOTOS

MANY novel effects can be obtained by means of a simple process of converting ordinary photographic prints into black-and-white or colored line drawings. For engineering and other technical purposes, unnecessary or unimportant parts of machinery can be eliminated from a picture and the main structure thus given increased emphasis. For purposes of general illustration—serious or humorous—the faces or figures of people can be exaggerated or caricatured, double pictures built up, extra features inserted, etc. Comparatively little drawing ability is required, as the original print serves as a guide.

Lights Trace Hand Motions (Mar, 1945)

Lights Trace Hand Motions
COMMON actions, such as lighting a cigarette or tying a shoelace, involve a surprising amount of complicated hand movement. Photographer David McLane proves it by attaching lights, as at right, to the wrists of a subject, who performs the action before a camera in a darkened room. After the pattern has been traced on the film, he makes another exposure with a flash bulb to light up the subject.

Camera Built from Thread Spool (Jun, 1940)

New Use for Old Spool – as a Miniature Camera
A MINIATURE camera built into a thread spool is a recent accomplishment of John Becker, of Chicago, Ill., who has been saving spools for a period of forty years and finding a number of odd uses for them. Becker is shown snapping a picture with his odd spool camera.

Carrier Pigeons Take Aerial Photos With New Camera (Feb, 1932) (Feb, 1932)

Carrier Pigeons Take Aerial Photos With New Camera
IT IS no longer necessary to send planes over enemy lines to get photos of troop operations—carrier pigeons have now been pressed into service for this hazardous task.

This unusual feat is made possible by the development in Germany of a new diminutive aerial camera which is strapped to the pigeon’s breast, as illustrated in the accompanying photo. Two hundred views may be taken while in flight, the shots being made possible only after the bird has left the ground. Each bird also carries a message tube strapped to its leg.

The German government has opened a school to train carrier pigeons for service in aerial photography.

G.I.’s Photograph Their Own Pin-Ups (Oct, 1944)

G.I.’s Photograph Their Own Pin-Ups
SERVICEMEN may go to Carl Oppenheimer’s photographic studio in New York any day between five and eight in the afternoon to make their own pin-up pictures. He permits them free use of all his equipment— cameras, films, lights, props, darkrooms, and chemicals—and he stands around ready to assist and advise them at every step, from the lighting to the finished print.

Cooperating with him are models from the Pat Allen agency who make their contribution to the war effort by donating their time to this unique “canteen” for camera fans.

Through the medium of the accompanying photos you may sit in on a typical session at the studio with the GI’s, the models, and the benevolent Mr. Oppenheimer.

Cameraman Wears His Darkroom (Nov, 1932)

Wow. I think all instant photographers owe a great deal of gratitude to Edwin Land for helping save them from this fate.

Cameraman Wears His Darkroom

PITY the poor news cameraman. In other days he carried his camera slung over his shoulders, but now he must wear it.

This innovation in cameras, shown in the photo below, made its first appearance during a sports meet in Birmingham, England. The camera is a combination portable developing and printing room. In order to speed up the business of gathering news photographs for the papers, the cameraman not only takes his pictures, but immediately develops and prints them also on the spot, using the light weight outfit built into the large camera.

With the use of this camera, every function of photographing is performed on the field, so that the editor gets the picture along with the story.