Argust 7th, 2007
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David W. Thomas
from high tech work, and having enjoyed resurrecting the old C3 "brick"
last year, I actually did a bit of a CLA on it for this year. At
full geezerhood, the viewfinder is difficult enough to see through even
when it's clean. I live in what might be loosely described as
central Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles NW of
Philadelphia. The day was super-humid and in the low 90s by 11:00
am, so I was happy when the 12 exposure roll of Fujicolor 100 ran
out. The little beast is quite efficient -- I actually got 16
frames on that roll, albeit a couple were screwed up by losing track of
film advance status.
For Argust 7th, I visited Morlatton
Village, located along the Schuylkill River between Pottstown and
Reading. This spot was settled in the early 1700s by families
moving up the river valley from the Philadelphia area. Ethnic
groups included Swedes as well as the usual German/Dutch/English folks
commonly found in eastern Pennsylvania. One of the side benefits
of Argus Day -- I've whizzed by, maybe 300 yards from this site, for
years without knowing it existed. In doing a little web research
for some ideas, the Historic Preservation Trust site popped up, and
here we are!
Built in 1716, the Mounce Jones House (left image)
is said to be the oldest documented dwelling in Berks County, although
being a hop, skip and a jump from the Schuylkill River, it has had a
significant amount of reconstruction and restoration after a number of
major floods. Until 1951, the last wooden covered bridge over the
Schuylkill River stood near this spot.
The George Douglass
Mansion (right image) was built in 1765. Mr. Douglass was a major
player in the economic and political life of the area. This
village is now part of Douglassville, named for him. Additional
information about these historic buildings and owners may be found
More pictures from the Argust 7th "Argusy" may be found at http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/argust7th2007
and (non-Argus shots) at http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/morlattonvillage
I confess to being pleasantly surprised at how well these C3 shots came
out. I should calibrate the rangefinder before next year, but got
by OK with estimate-and-set.
On Argust 7th, I pulled out my C3 woody (http://www.megley.com/argus/wood.html)
and stuck in a roll of outdated Kodak Royal Gold 200 film. At
lunch I visited the James Madison University arboretum in search of
some photo subjects. I found a group of Mennonites enjoying the
day and feeding the ducks, as well as some beautiful flowers.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera along when I went out that
evening and missed some opportunities. Then after shooting a few
frames indoors with an electronic flash, I absentmindedly opened the
camera back and messed up the last 2 frames I'd shot. Oh
well...hopefully I'll do better next year!
More photos from Argust 7th can be found at http://www.megley.com/photos/argus/argust7/
Edmund J. Kowalski
High Ridge, Missouri
celebrate Argust Day 2007 I went to Forest Park in St.Louis, Missouri,
and walked about in the heat (it reached 100 degrees or better
Fahrenheit that day), seeking out sites surviving from, or associated
with, the 1904 World's Fair.
I was carrying two cameras, shooting the two Argii side by side.
camera was the World Argosy 3 camera, a traveling camera (Argus C4)
being shared sequentially by over 50 Argus users. It was loaded with
Kodak Gold 200. I used it to capture the shot of the facade of the St.
Louis Art Museum.
The image of the red trolley in front of the
Missouri History Museum was shot with an Argus C3 that I had restored,
loaded with ASA 200 store-branded generic print film.
See more Argust 7 photos from these cameras at:http://www.pbase.com/edkowalski/argosy3roll2