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    http://www.xs4all.nl/~lommen9/index.html [below: excerpt from the page]

    San Francisco News
    PHOTOGRAPHER HURT BY BLAST.

    October 17th 1930

    Accidental explosion of a bottle of flashlight powder injured George Sheldon Examiner photographer just at the close of the reception to William Randolph Hearst in the rotunda of the city Hall yesterday noon. Sheldon's right hand was badly lacerated. Several judges and city officials seated nearby received slight cuts and burns

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    Only a photographer knows the true value of infinity

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    This book is an excellent history on flash photography. Starting w/ Nadar photographing the catacombs up into more modern cave photography.

    Seriously, if you want to know about old flash techniques, THIS is your resource.

    Cheers!

    http://www.amazon.com/Photograph-Dar...1159356&sr=1-5

    BTW: I have no affiliation w/ the book, just randomly found it at a library and read it

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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post

    Seriously, if you want to know about old flash techniques, THIS is your resource.
    Now I totally want to experiment with flash photography, just to try using something called "Bengal fire" . . .

    I could have sworn that's what I got after my last visit to the local East Indian restaurant . . . seemed flammable enough.

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    Magnesium powder and potassium nitrate works, but never use it indoors! Burning metal particles flying around aren't fun. Hey, I got some in my face, and luckily just had to buy new eyeglasses after my last experiment. New eyes can't be bought.

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    found via google books while searching for acetone...

    tucked away in wilson's photographic magazine from Jan. 1906

    found this little gem:

    Magnesium Light Photography. The actual methods of an expert. By F. J. Mortimer. 88 pages, with many diagrams and illustrations, showing the treatment of different subjects. Price, 50 cents. Tennant & Ward, Publishers, New York.

    With the exception of a high-priced specialist book by the late Fitz Guerin, this manual is the only text-book on flashlight work at present obtainable. Mr. Mortimer has given a good deal of attention to this specialty and his book deals with the subject in a simple and thoroughly satisfactory way. The chapters deal with apparatus; different types of lamps; flashlight compounds; cartridges and powders; smoke preventers; hackgrounds ; reflectors; lenses, etc. Various classes of subjects and their proper illumination are dealt with, with the arrangement for lamp, camera, etc., and
    the making of portraits at home, silhouettes, fireside effects ; church interiors ; stage effects ; street groups at night: animals ; machinery and large interiors. Section III takes up the development and after-treatment of negatives made by flashlight. An appendix deals with the quantities of magnesium required for various subjects. The making of flashpowders, touch papers, flash-sheets, and miscellaneous hints. The book is planned for practical work and will be acceptable to the amateur and professional.
    now to actually find the book.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry.Manuel View Post
    http://www.xs4all.nl/~lommen9/index.html [below: excerpt from the page]

    San Francisco News
    PHOTOGRAPHER HURT BY BLAST.

    October 17th 1930

    Accidental explosion of a bottle of flashlight powder injured George Sheldon Examiner photographer just at the close of the reception to William Randolph Hearst in the rotunda of the city Hall yesterday noon. Sheldon's right hand was badly lacerated. Several judges and city officials seated nearby received slight cuts and burns
    George Sheldon was my father, at his death he was the Photographic Editor of the SF Examiner . . .

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