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Argust 7th, 2007

Images and notes on this page have been lost along the way.  What you see below is only what has been re-submitted, not necessarily the exact original content (though in some cases it is).  If you have participated and still have your photos and/or notes, please email them to argus@megley.com and they will be re-posted here.

All photographs this page 2007 by the respective photographers.

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David W. Thomas


Retired 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 at http://www.historicpreservationtrust.org/

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.

Wesley Furr

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

To 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.

One 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.

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