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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Hold that Pose: 1967

Hold that Pose: 1967

A rare photo of me actually wielding a camera, in this case my Retinette, in 1967 atop a hill overlooking San Rafael, Calif., with the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in the background. I'm not really aiming at my brother here, but at my friend while he was taking this 126 Kodachrome slide. I wasn't quick enough, and didn't get the shot. View full size.

Wards wardrobe

Very possibly the case with me, but not my brother!

From the Pages of Monkey Wards

It looks like you two are doing a fashion shoot!

Wild Shirt

Epileptics be sure to stay clear of that guy.

Retinette

While your friend just needed to point his Instamatic, you had to set the aperture and shutter speed on your Retinette. And can't forget to use the "Guess-a-matic" focusing system, too...

I recently bought a Retinette IA (circa 1961) at the big auction site. Very cool camera - and the Schneider-Kreuznach lens is extremely sharp.

 
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