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    I was given a bunch of darkroom stuff...

    But I'm not sure what much of it is. Most of the stuff was for graphic work. But some of it seemed photographic. I'll be posting some specifics later but what is photomechanical paper? And Slo film which is 2"x100'? There is also an old sealed bag of powder dektol, would this be any good?

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    Photo mechanical paper is probably high contrast paper for line art And was designed for processing in lith film type developers. Most were contact speed papers and rarely worked with enlargers. In continuous tone developers they stained easily.

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    Here are some pictures of some of the things. What are these? Is any of it possibly usable still? Is there anything cool I can do with any of it?

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    Can't see the label on the GAF (ansco) paper.
    The Varityper film is for an old Phototype setter. PMT was some kind of Pre-press proofing system, and the Othor Stripping film was to making up pages from multiple sources, (the emulsion could be transferred to another base hence the "stripping" name.
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    The Kodakraft printer is for making contact prints. Open the top, lay a negative on the glass with emulsion side up, then a sheet of paper with emulsion side down facing the neg, close the dood and switch it on for a few seconds then develope the print.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmacd123 View Post
    Can't see the label on the GAF (ansco) paper.
    It doesn't give any technical information. It just says to open in a photographic dark room and gives the dimensions and count of the paper inside. But I was hoping that GAF paper was some sort of constant. I won't get my hopes up too high though, the stuff is mostly likely all bad anyways. The contact printer sounds like it could be fun though.

    Nobody ever told me, is there a possibility that the sealed bag of Dektol (for paper) is still any good? Its quite possibly from the 1960s.

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    GAF made all sorts of paper, with various Brand names. Contact, enlargeing, graphics... There would have been a label with a brand name and the emusion number, but like all paper the label is used to hold the box together so may have come off.

    I recall dektol still being in a can in the 60's then in a paper envelope and later in a plastic/foil package.
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    Or slit the label to open the package later in the dark room.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    If memory serves, PMT paper was used when prepping images for print. It was used in conjunction with line screens and resized, waxed and pasted onto pages which were shot for making plates which were used in the printing process. It's been years so this info could be way off

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    You can buy new fresh dektol for 10 or less dollar , why risk yourself ?

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