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My father's Crown Graphic

 
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tclune



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:51 pm    Post subject: My father's Crown Graphic Reply with quote

My father was in advertising in the early 1950s and had a Crown Graphic that he used to take photos for publication with. He had a pretty complete set-up, which I have photographed here. I would love for the camera to get use, preferably in a place like a museum. I would be very happy to give it for free to the right home, but I have no idea how to find such a place. The camera needs some refurbishing -- the shutter seems to have gotten gunky enough that it fires more slowly than it should and it needs a general cleaning. But it is a truly wonderful camera that deserves a better fate than wasting away in my back room. Does anyone know how the old girl can receive the treatment she desrves? TIA

--Tom Clune
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BrianShaw



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is a pretty nice set-up, Tom. Crown, plus flash handle, plus Weston meter, plus Graflarger. Seems to be in really nice condition too. All have value to users and getting that shutter overhauled is a $65 - $135 investment. I don't know how much interest a museum may have since it is fairly run-of-the-mill Graphic gear. But I've never asked. I would think that you could sell real that gear easy if that is your desire. There are many who would love to own such gear and would use it too.
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tclune



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Brian. Thanks for replying. I really don't want to sell it. I think it would please dad to be part of some sort of more public use. I learned on that camera, and it is certainly a pedagogical dream. Maybe a photography school would be able to explain paralax and the like using the ground glass and adjustments of the bed. Double-extending the bellows certainly takes the mystery out of macro photography! It just seems that something of that sort would make my dear departed dad smile.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand your desire. Honoringyour father is a wonderful thing to do. Since you are in MA (my home state) ahve you considered approaching a museum like the Charles River Museum of Innovation? http://www.crmi.org/
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what is the serial number of the camera?
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tclune



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BrianShaw wrote:
I understand your desire. Honoringyour father is a wonderful thing to do. Since you are in MA (my home state) ahve you considered approaching a museum like the Charles River Museum of Innovation? http://www.crmi.org/

I'm aware of that museum. It sounds like a good idea. I'll contact them and see if they are interested. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

45PSS wrote:
what is the serial number of the camera?

965120. Why?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

965120 is #326 of order number 21795 for 1500 Pacemaker Crown Graphic cameras listed to be built on 4-21-1950. The next order for Crowns was 5-17-1950.

The camera has the less common Hugo Meyer side rangefinder. The Kalart side rangefinder was the most common one in use.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
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ltcray



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:02 pm    Post subject: 5x7 Crown Graphic Reply with quote

45PSS wrote:
what is the serial number of the camera?


My old 5x7's serial number is 960772. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I just put it on Craigs List *******.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My old 5x7's serial number is 960772

That dates to a 1948-1949 4x5 Crown Graphic.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

45PSS wrote:
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My old 5x7's serial number is 960772

That dates to a 1948-1949 4x5 Crown Graphic.


Thanks for your help!
I just listed it in the Greenville, SC Craigs List
http://greenville.craigslist.org/atq/3713064404.html
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