Monday, September 29, 2008

Mystery Solved - Partially!

Back in January of this year, I shared with you some negatives that I found in my befuddling collection of prints, slides, and negatives. Not only did I ask the question, what kind of negatives are these, but I also asked if anyone knew where these photos – admittedly some 50 years old – were taken!

Their story was told in this blog entry.

Surprisingly, with all the photographers who visit this site, no one has suggested negative size / format. I guess digital has swept most of that body of knowledge into the history books.

On the other hand, what a pleasant surprise that a relatively new reader of the blog from Calgary recognized the photo location and wrote me yesterday:

"I don't know why I didn't recognize this station when I first saw it especially since my daughter just lived up the street from here and I have walked and shopped in it - North Toronto station Yonge Street which is now and for some time a liquor store.

See RL Kennedy's web page."

Thank you, Ross M., for your informative input and solution to the mystery photos! Not only did you identify the location, but also now I am able to piece together where I got the negatives, some 50 years ago.

With this information, I was able to determine that my rail fan buddy, Mike, who took the Canadian National Consolidation photos in the previous entry, shot those photos in Toronto in 1956!

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Anonymous said...

The negatives that you are looking at judging from the size are probably 120 roll film also known as medium format.
I used to shoot this type of film for many years before making the switch to Digital. I would imagine that someone has probably told you this by now. Just thought I would mention it if no one else has.
P.S. Excellent Site, keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

The negatives you have are 828 sized. Kodak believed that normal 35mm film was too "complicated" for people to understand, so they made 828 which is 35mm wide, but was paper backed like 120 and other paper backed roll films that were popular before 35mm perforated films caught on.

828 turned out to be rather unpopular though, and disappeared long before 35mm did (obviously).

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