Ancient usable Azo?

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  1. athanasius80

    athanasius80 Member

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    I have an unopened envelope of 3.5x12 inch Azo grade 3 that officially expired in December 1925. Any chance its still good? Anybody want to experiment?
    Chris
     
  2. L Gebhardt

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    I bet it is still good. I will be glad to experiment if you want to send it this way.

    It sounds like a perfect size for enlarged negatives from my new 6x17 back I will be getting this week.
     
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    I was wondering if Michael would want it myself...
     
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    Nah, he has got enough, send it to me :wink:
     
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    My name is Michael and yes, I want it. Please PM me and we can exchange e-mail addresses.

    Thanks.

    The "Real" Michael
     
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    Try it out, even if you only have dektol or whatever developer is on hand.Not all old azo is good, but it may be. If you have not used it before, try using the room light and what ever you use to proof negatives.
     
  8. Michael A. Smith

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    If you still have this Azo, Paula and I would indeed like to try it. If it is any good we promise to send you a signed print made on it--probably one of Paula's prints as she uses smaller backs on her 8x10 and has even made some 2 1/4s to be contact printed.

    Michael A. Smith
     
  9. James Bleifus

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    Gee, Michael. I have 50 sheets of grade 4 8X10 I'd be willing to trade :D

    Cheers,

    James
     
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    Michael has made you a better offer than I can make but I would certainly like to test the film. Just yesterday I did a comparison test of some modern AZO #2 and #3 papers with some AZO #2 and #3 from 1946. This evening I will run the curves and eventually post them in the technical gallery. I was pretty much stunned at how good the old paper was. I would love to be able to include the 1925 paper in the comparison. If interested send me a PM at sanking@clemson.edu.

    Sandy
     
  11. mikewhi

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    Hi Sandy:

    I have about 250 sheets of AZO vintage 12/76. Any opinions on AZO from from that crop? Mature, yet perky with solid oaky flavors and a hint of clove?

    I also have a 1977 Croft Vintage Port. Drinkable?

    "RC? I ain't printin' on no #$#%^^& RC! If anyone prints on #$#%^^& RC, I'm leaving!"

    -Mike

    P.S. Nooooooooooooo, Michael, you can't have the AZO! Not the port, either.