Das Kamera

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Eastman Kodak 35mm Submarine Periscope Camera Mark I. Catalog #: 2001.0038.000001

From Memorial Day until Labor Day, The Mariners’ Museum is hosting $1 admission for every visitor. As part of our offerings, we are getting artifacts that aren’t normally on display out of their storage spaces to share with our visitors. I’ll admit that quite a few of my colleagues far outpace my maritime knowledge. If there is something I know, however, it is cameras. I did some digging into the collection and was surprised and thrilled to find something that falls into my area of expertise.

This is an Eastman Kodak 35mm Submarine Periscope Camera Mark I. Which might well be the longest title ever assigned to a camera. Before this little beauty came along, submariners were restricted to holding regular cameras up to their periscope lens, taking a photo and hoping for the best. It rarely, if ever, worked as planned.   Read more

Returned stolen material

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City of Pueblo steamship photograph

It’s been a while since I’ve reported on the returning stolen pieces, but I am happy to say that they continue to come in.  And some people have been extremely kind and sent extra pieces in to help rebuild our collection.  Here are some of the pieces have that have come back in the last month.

Photographs of the steamships City of Pueblo (left) and Robert E. Lee (right).   Read more

Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War

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Courtesy of George Eastman House
Courtesy of George Eastman House

I’m excited to say that opening on March 1 is the exhibition Between the States:  Photographs of the American Civil War from the George Eastman House.  As Collections Management staff we get a sneak peak at all of the photos because we have to check their condition when they arrive.  We also check it when they are on their way out, giving them a final farewell.

There are some really great photos that will be on display and I would recommend it for anyone interested in photography or Civil War.  The exhibition will only be open until the end of April, so hurry out!  More information can be found HERE.   Read more