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    My father in law gave me a copy of the Ilford Manual of Photography that was owned by his dad. My guess is that it is from around the turn of the century - that's twentieth century. Some of the formulas were pretty nasty. At least darkroom chemistry has evolved to a lower level of toxicity in the past 100 years.
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    Holy smoke ! this thread brings back memories.
    I grew up in Winnipeg in a house where both my parents had been professional photographers. My siblings and I were all given a Brownie box camera, and some great coaching, as soon as we were big enough to hold one. When I was about 12 yrs old, I was out bike-riding one day when I found this second hand book shop. Inside, I discovered that they were selling entire subscription runs of several photog magazines (a whole year or two in back issues). And the price was only about ten cents ea. I spent all the money I had and got the biggest box I could carry on my bike and when I got home my dad really laughed. Within a week or so, I had found that I was actually learning from the ads. Well, I would find stuff that I did not understand in the ads and my dad would explain it. It was one of the greatest learing tools I ever came across.
    My brothers and I went through those mags so many times they eventually all got lost - the mags that is, not my brothers .

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    I purchased a complete set of "Sights and Scenes of the World" which was a bi-monthly periodical that began to publish in 1894 and lasted about 2 years.
    Each issue contains full plate reproductions. Each image has a nice paragraph or two of text with it.
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    I just ran across a treasure trove of 'Photo Worlds' from Jan thru June '74. Great magazine. A huge variety of Photographers from Atget to Rentmeester from Ernst Haas to Steichen, masters of Color and B&W, and Oh those great nudes in every issue.
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    I had the fortune to have 2 volumes of the years 1946 and 47 with a fantastic magazine Minicam photography. The Swede which buy this magazines was collecting and did have them bound in to heavy books.
    Not for bedtimereading they has a weight of nearly 3 kilos. And I was also given 9 volumes of popular photography 1938 - 1947 but they are realy heavy volumes but not complet. I think it was difficult for a swede to
    get this magazinens during the wartime. It is fascinating to read this ads and all good articles about photography. I found much about papernegative work,Willelm Mortenson and a lot of other tips for darkroomwork. It is
    much learning in this books- in other way I also learn much on the net.
    This site APUG is amazing just about analog photography !!

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    I have a few Leica magazines from the 40s and 50s.
    Pretty cool pictures and lots of advertisement of Leica Stuff
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    All 55 issues of The Complete Photographer, '39 - '41, in their binders. Complete set of the revised and updated hardbound version, re-named The Encyclopedia of Photography, 1949. These two sets have fascinating articles and plates by most of the famous photographers of the day. A complete, minus one issue, press run of Photo Techniques, '39 - '41. This was a short lived publication. Too techie and expensive (50 cents an issue) for it's time. Absorbed by another publication, the name became history. I have lots of other stuff, too. I so much enjoy reading these things. The writing style makes you want to never stop reading. Too bad that style has gone by the wayside.

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    I always wonder how many of todays magazines will be collectable in 50 years or so. I guess the UK Black and White Photography Magazine could be a good one, sorry not seen an issue of the US one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPPhotog
    sorry not seen an issue of the US one.
    It is more of a magazine for collectors than photographers. However, the latest issue highlights Henri Cartier-Bresson among others. www.bandwmag.com
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    Robert many thanks for the link it was very interesting and quite inspiring

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