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Anniversaries Come and Anniversaries Go

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Anniversaries Come and Anniversaries Go

On April 06, 2020 I made a blog entry and wrote: “Little could we have known when the first shovel went into the ground that a pandemic was looming on the horizon. Yet, here we sit since March sequestered in a hold-and-wait pattern. As a result of the hiatus it becomes most unlikely the Dartmouth Heritage Museum’s Program Support Building will open on June 6, as previously scheduled.” The Rooms at Evergreen, 27 May 2021 It is now close to fourteen months since the pen made those scribbles on foolscap. What was scheduled to be a grand opening on the...

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Herschel - An Unsung Pioneer

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Herschel - An Unsung Pioneer

Sir John Herschel - a photographic genius who deserves his rightful place alongside the early pioneers of the medium.  

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Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day

William Valentine and the first permanent photo studio in British North America William Valentine, the youngest son to parents Joseph and Ann Valentine, was born in 1798 and baptized on 8 April 1798 in St Nicholas’ Church, Whitehaven, England. He arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1818 with brushes and paint in hand to begin a career as an artist. William Valentine - self portrait His career struggled until the 1830’s, and by 1836 he was back in England to further develop his skills. Evidence shows he was quite familiar with the Royal Society and was known to have made...

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Closing the Circle

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Closing the Circle

Some wise soul once said something along the lines of satisfaction comes to those who wait. Regardless of such lore, this past Friday was a most satisfying and enjoyable culmination of more than five years in the making. Brutus, aka Century 7 studio camera, made his appearance at Dartmouth Heritage Museum in October 2016. Following some refurbishment, including new bellows, he stood as Lord of the Manor representing little more than a piece of furniture for a variety of reasons. Brutus needed a home so people could start making images with him.   Figure 1: October 2016 and Brutus is...

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Silver Recovery Unit

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Silver Recovery Unit

Metallic Replacement Silver Recovery Units. MRUs use a chemical process to recover the silver in the fixer solution. This process involves the use of canisters ranging in sizes from 5 to 20 gal containing either steel wool or wound screen. These units do not need a power source and are only connected with hose attachments. There is a bypass tube that is connected at the top of the cartridge, which allows the fixer solution to go directly to the drain instead of through the cartridge if the cartridge becomes plugged. These systems are extremely efficient, with recovery of silver up...

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