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    When did LUMINOS become KENTMERE??

    This is just because I like the history of things. At what period did Luminos papers become Kentmere??

    I am assuming that Luminos was an American distributor that had Kentmere private label paper.

    I have some Luminos sheet film that was sourced from Belgium (Gevaert.I think)...so they weren't just marketing Kentmere products.

    Whatever happened to the brand "Luminos"?

    Just curious.

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    I think the papers have always been Kentmere, but for a while they assumed the label Luminos in certain markets.
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    Kentmere has been in business for 100 years. Luminos was just an American distributor, and when they stopped distributing photographic papers (I think they still distribute papers for inkjet printers), Kentmere USA became the distributor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Kentmere has been in business for 100 years. Luminos was just an American distributor, and when they stopped distributing photographic papers (I think they still distribute papers for inkjet printers), Kentmere USA became the distributor.
    Correct. Luminos never made anything, to my knowledge. They were the original US distributor for Kentmere, and after Luminos B&W went belly-up, the Kentmere USA entity was formed to take over distribution.

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    Luminos papers where made by Kentmere from about 12 to 15 years ago when their previous manufacturer stopped making paper for them. At that time I worked on the Luminos stand at Photo East in New York which is how I got to know about the Kentmere connection. I believe Luminos sold out to Hannemulle (sp) about 5 years ago which was when they also stopped supplying photographic paper.
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