Weed, NM via Lenexa, KS
Rolls, 7, 8, and Plenachrome
Ed, from Lenexa, reported that the Brownie Hawkeye Flash was
likely responsible for the 620 and 120 rolls in the box of
forgotten films. Of course, I knew right away
that the BHF (that's what we
collectors call the Brownie Hawkeye Flash) used 620 film, so the
have come from
the BHF. Ed is not a collector and he lives in Kansas. Need
I say more ?
I suppose I should clarify some of the above so I don't get
thousands of emails correcting me. The BHF can fit
120 on the feed
side, but a 620 spool is
required on the take-up side. Since one of the rolls was on a 120
spool, that eliminated the BHF as the responsible camera.
Are you still awake ?
When I pulled the films from the processing tank I noted that the
120 rolls featured 6x9 images. The BHF produces 6x6 images (except
maybe in Weed, NM.) Again, the guy from Kansas was mistaken. It
seems we'll never know what camera(s) produced the 6x9 images.
I used the BHF photos anyway because I like them and it's possible
that the 620 came from a BHF.
The reflector on the BHF, when coupled with a Sylvania P25
flashbulb was know to set hair on fire at a distance of five
Kodak made zillions of BHF cameras. They made far less BH
cameras. They're more collectable but I don't have one and I don't
really care that I don't.
Kodak produced ten zillion rolls of Verichrome and Verichrome Pan.
I have some of each. Kodak doesn't make either anymore and that
sucks. It was my favorite film.
Plenachrome was made by Agfa. It's gone too.
I apologize to Ed for poking fun at him above. When you look at
these rescued photos you'll realize he comes from good stock. I
can personally attest that the man is no dummy.
The Plenachrome 6x9's
(Not from the BHF)
Long ago there was no internet. Cameras took
eight pictures and there were two television
channels if you were lucky.
Bicycles had big tires and no transmissions.
You played outside.
I'll stop editorializing now. If you're looking at these
photographs I don't need to pontificate.