An Automatic Film Developing Machine (Dec, 1941)

It looks like an early version of a McDonalds french fry robot. I know I’ve seen one but I couldn’t easily find a video.

An Automatic Film Developing Machine

FONVILLE WINANS, Baton Rouge photographer and inventor, and his motorized film developing tank are shown in the two photographs above. Winans has connected a motor, run with a timing device, to an elongated worm gear having a tripping and raising arrangement. This machine puts the plates into the developing fluid for any desired period then moves them, as set, into shortstop bath, fixer and washer. There is no need to touch them.

These Ideas May Make You $1,000,000 (May, 1929)

I’d wasn’t aware of this meaning of the word polygraph, though it actually makes more sense than the current definition.

These Ideas May Make You $1,000,000

Here are ideas, which if developed by the right man, should easily net him a fine business and a neat fortune. They have been selected for their originality and in the light of apparent demand for them by the editors of Modern Mechanics, who believe no development work has been done on the schemes other than the mere conception of the idea. It is believed by the editors the right man can make $1,000,000 using any of these ideas as a nucleus.



The picture above could only have been taken with a Hasselblad.

Because Hasselblads are the only still cameras to have photographed a man on the moon.

They arc undeniably expensive.

But when it costs 355 million dollars to get to the location, and when getting there happens to be one of mankind’s greatest achievements, you want to make sure you’ll come up with the goods. (Or down, in this case.) Of course, the cameras that went to the moon had to be specially modified, which naturally made them even more expensive.

Camera Takes “Movies” on Standard Cut Film (Sep, 1948)

Camera Takes “Movies” on Standard Cut Film

“Movies” you can carry in your pocket and show without a projector are taken by a special camera that uses cut film and has no shutter. While posing for the picture, the subject can move and act just as he would for a movie camera. The camera is coupled to speed lights that fire 180 flashes a minute. Each flash produces an exposure. The film is transported automatically between flashes so that 42 separate negatives



I wanted to take photos of animals in the field, leaving the camera setup unattended for hours if necessary. My camera has a flash that uses a solenoid to trip the shutter. The problem was to make a switch that would close a circuit firing the solenoid and then break the circuit so as not to bum up the solenoid and batteries.

Movie Camera in Police Car Puts Evidence on Film (Sep, 1939)

Movie Camera in Police Car Puts Evidence on Film

Mounted on the dashboard of his patrol car, with its lens pointing forward through the windshield, a motion-picture camera belonging to Officer R. H. Galbraith of the California Highway Patrol takes photographs of the automobiles he trails along the highways, making a permanent film record of any traffic violations for possible later use in court.

Find Five Errors in Each Photo: $1,000 in Prizes (Dec, 1930)

Find Five Errors in Each Photo: $1,000 in Prizes

What errors can you find in each of the pictures on these two pages? In each of them, George Knowitall is busy making a mistake, and besides, in each there are four errors deliberately put there by expert trick photography. Find these five mistakes in each of the pictures, send us your answers, and you may win one of the big cash prizes listed on page 27. First, read the rules carefully on the preceding page and then study pictures for errors.

Make A Bust Of Yourself! (Jan, 1942)

Make A Bust Of Yourself!

Sculpture is easy with this new European technique. All you need to know is how to take a good photograph.

ALL you need to be an expert sculptor these days is a good camera—or rather a pair of cameras!

With a new technique recently devised in Switzerland, it now is possible to make amazingly accurate sculptured likenesses of yourself and your friends simply by snapping a photograph, superimposing the image on a mound of clay, and then whittling it down to size. Here’s the way it’s done: Two cameras are placed side-by-side as shown in the illustration, with the person whose image is to be created seated in focus before the lens. Alongside the two cameras is a machine which projects a screen on the model’s face.

IT’S NEW! (Oct, 1956)

That swamp wagon is pretty damn bad-ass.


SWAMP WAGON’S nine-ft. tall rear wheels have hickory treads steel-clamped to 28 in. rims weighing 700 lbs. Vehicle is designed to clamber over Florida’s soft muck bogs.

TOTCYCLIST Brad Bradley drives cut-down 125 cc Harley Davidson like a pro. Five-year-old was taught to ride 50-mph machine by his Dad. Brad began career at 18 months.

MANY-LENSED Italian Summa camera has revolving turret housing regular lens, wide angle lens and two for direct sighting. It also has hand grips and flash attachments.

NO FANCY PANTS, Solly Davis holds Geiger counter inside Goodyear’s new one-piece vinyl film anti-radiation suit Inflated by compressed air, suit is air-conditioned.

Save time – Shop here for the photo fans on your Christmas list (Dec, 1952)

Save time – Shop here for the photo fans on your Christmas list

These two pages give you some idea of the many useful and inexpensive gift ideas at your photo dealer’s. Visit him soon. He’ll be glad to help you choose just the right gift for every photo fan on your shopping list.

Easy-to-use materials for printing pictures —ideally suited for beginners. Kodacraft Printing Kit, $4.95.

Basic essentials for developing and printing pictures, including roll-film tank. Kodacraft Photo-Lab Outfit, $8.75.