An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – Tower 34

This was the camera I eventually chose (See: An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – An Antiques Store in Rhinebeck). There were a couple of later brownies that also take 120 film on the shelf, but in the end I decided to go with this one. It just seemed so shiny!

According to Collectiblend:

The Sears & Roebuck Tower 43 (sic. should read 34) box camera was first listed in 1948 and production ceased in 1951. The front face of this box camera is entirely chrome as is the lens ring escutcheon. This camera uses 120 type film and was sold in very great quantities by correspondence thanks to the seasonal catalogs of Sears and Roebuck. It is Ansco which manufactured it for Sears. This accounts for when it is opened, the film recommended is format 120 or B2, and B2 is the name of the 120 film by Ansco/Agfa. An optical finder is on right side of the camera and occupies the depth of the camera. The camera also has a red window in the back cover for frame count using the paper backing of the roll film, a frame advance knob that is pulled out to release the film carriage, a red shutter release lever, a two socket flash attach point, a pull out aperture tab with two stings (f/8 to f11), a shutter speed of 1/50 of a second, and it came with a leather handle. The camera originally sold for about $8.50 and $2.50 for the flash unit.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Still Life

I was standing in our kitchen around 5:00 pm yesterday when I noticed this lovely light coming in through the windows and falling on this two jugs, one of Costa Rican and brightly colored and the other more subdued (I don’t remember where its from). It had been a gorgeous day: 76F, a record for February and the scene made me feel cheerful and hopeful that Spring is not too far away (it’s not here yet through. The temperatures have now fallen to around 38F and will continue to fall throughout the day, possibly bringing sleet and freeing rain.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.