Super Panchro-Press, Type B

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  1. blaze-on

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    That's what I found written on a box of 40 4x5 negatives from my parents wedding in 1952.

    I was so thrilled to find these, as I'd never seen the wedding photos other than one or two in all the years.

    I was amazed at the stiffness (thickness) of these negs, their condition and quality.
    I scanned all of them to make a book at A&I for my xmas gifts to my siblings, one for the archives.

    Yesterday I printed from one for a cousin...I didn't even re-wash..just printed and damn good negs (mine don't print this easy).

    Some guy with a speed graphic & flash did these 56 years ago.
    That alone says a lot about film, it's usability and archival qualities.
    Here's a few samples.
     

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  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    Those are great! I have a partial box of Super-Panchro Press B in 2x3" that I got from someone here on APUG. It's probably really foggy, but I'll have to test out a few sheets sometime soon.
     
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    It used to be my favourite film...obviously.
     
  4. blaze-on

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    Was this the common film used by most press photographers?
    There's no speed rating on the box, and the grain structure is different - seems "tighter"..
     
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    The name of this film rang a bell for me. I think maybe we used it in the Army photo school in New Jersey at Fort Monmouth. I think it was about 200 ASA, medium speed. We souped everything in DK50, if memory serves, with nitrogen burst agitation.
    I taught there in the mid to late 60's. Anybody else ever there?
     
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    I shot a whole bunch of this whilst in college in Speed Graphics. ASA 125. With and without flash bulbs. Souped in DK50 in tanks, or; when in a hurry, in a 5x7 tray of straight Dektol for two minutes with gentle, constant agitation, fixed, sloshed in photo flo, shaken a couple of times, and print the negs wet. Focus quickly before the neg buckles, and a real short exposure time.
     
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    I wish films today would do that. What I wouldn't give to have a case each of Super Panchro Press, Super XX and Royal Pan.