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Free Graphic Press & View Camera Book @ Google Books

 
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FarmPhoto



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:49 am    Post subject: Free Graphic Press & View Camera Book @ Google Books Reply with quote

The Navy Training Course "Photographers Mate 3 & 2" is available for reading on line at:

https://www.google.com/books/edition/_/0-uv8VmxlJkC?hl=en&gbpv=1

There is an enormous amount of photographic information including chapters on the Graphic Press and Graphic View cameras. One of the best books ever for these great cameras.
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GerWP



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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 11:46 am    Post subject: Graflex view info Reply with quote

Thanks to FarmPhoto for this cite to wonderful information for the view cameras.

I wrote the view camera articles 20 years ago, and used what I could find at the time. The images of the cameras in my articles are images of some of my cameras. Some of them are displayed in our living room. I still adore the wonderful cameras. I highly recommend reading the info at FarmPhoto's citation for some great reading.

https://www.google.com/books/edition/_/0-uv8VmxlJkC?hl=en&gbpv=1

The info in my old article remains accurate, but more info has been posted on the view cameras since my article. For a while, my article was the only real source for info. I wrote it because it was needed. In it, I jokingly said that the carrying case was made of a "mysterious" substance called "Vulcanoid." It was just a mysterious name that Graflex used. Subsequent articles by others have parroted the "mysterious" nature of "Vulcanoid." ! We info nerds lean on each other, and my attempted joke has fostered the continued use of the adjective. Oops! Have fun!

Best to all!

Gerald (gerwp)
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GerWP



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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 11:47 am    Post subject: Graflex view info Reply with quote

Thanks to FarmPhoto for this cite to wonderful information for the view cameras.

I wrote the view camera articles 20 years ago, and used what I could find at the time. The images of the cameras in my articles are images of some of my cameras. Some of them are displayed in our living room. I still adore the wonderful cameras. I highly recommend reading the info at FarmPhoto's citation for some great reading.

https://www.google.com/books/edition/_/0-uv8VmxlJkC?hl=en&gbpv=1

The info in my old article remains accurate, but more info has been posted on the view cameras since my article. For a while, my article was the only real source for info. I wrote it because it was needed. In it, I jokingly said that the carrying case was made of a "mysterious" substance called "Vulcanoid." It was just a mysterious name that Graflex used. Subsequent articles by others have parroted the "mysterious" nature of "Vulcanoid." ! We info nerds lean on each other, and my attempted joke has fostered the continued use of the adjective. Oops! Have fun!

Best to all!

Gerald (gerwp)
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FarmPhoto



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 4:31 am    Post subject: Vulcanoid Reply with quote

GerWP,

I really enjoyed your article on the Graphic Views and appreciate the amount of effort that was required to gather, produce and document a complete history of these fine cameras at a very early date. Your article has stood the test of time very well and has preserved the rightful legacy of the Graphic View cameras for generations to come.

A huge contrast to what the forum and Facebook posts will be 20 years from now!

My 1948 View II is sitting 8' from me as I type this. I love looking at it and marvel at the technical features and beautiful look. It seems prices are rising on all graphic cameras as baby boomers rediscover film.

By the way I always figured "Vulcanoid" was from the same class of elements as Kryptonite. Maybe some one knows...
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Henry



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could it be the same stuff that my Century is made of: "Mahoganite" ?
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mahoganite = bakelite, term used for synthetic resin and plastics.
Vulcanoid= a fiber board, similar to masonite but not as brittle.
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