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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

See You Next Fall: 1951

See You Next Fall: 1951

Jan. 19, 1951. "Common accidents in the home." The Accident Lady is back. Have a nice trip! Wellington, New Zealand, Evening Post photo. View full size.

Remedy for common errors in photography

As the veteran of art directing dozens of photo shoots (a number of which took place B.C. – before computers), many photos are taken knowing that they will crop out any offending objects or images within the viewfinder of the camera. An unwanted shadow running across the image is another matter. Back in 1951, the photo retoucher would have had to get the frisket paper out, along with the retouch greys (water based paint similar to tempera or gouache), and the Thayer Chandler or Paasche airbrush! Thank God for PhotoShop!

Common errors in photography

seems the flash stand or umbrella stand is in the shot there. Can't say I've seen that before on Shorpy. Cameraperson reflection, yes.

[A photo light stand indeed, correct down to the wingnut. -tterrace]

I See London, I See France

I see her needing an ambulance!

It was at that moment . . .

. . . that her son picked the absolute worst time to come out of the closet.

Just like a comedy sketch..

"Honey, have you seen my bowling balls?"

"Why, yes, dear, they're right up here in this valise. I'll get them down for you."

Hijinks ensue......

 
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