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Author Topic: Old Flashbulbs  (Read 4969 times)

Offline Scott

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Old Flashbulbs
« on: June 07, 2000, 08:09:00 pm »
Does anyone out there collect old flashbulbs? I have a few of these somewhere. Just curious again. Scott

Offline Bob Masters

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2000, 06:19:00 am »
Scott,
I'm SURE somebody does. Although I never have collected any yet, I have used them before. My mother gave me her old 50's ARGUS camera, with flash bulbs, and I used them all up taking pictures (nice ones !) years ago. I always figured though that I'd never be able to find any more.
Do you know what type they are ?

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Offline Tim

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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2000, 06:27:00 pm »
Scott,

You will want to check out the link below. I think the site is geared more towards using vintage flashbulbs but there's some neat stuff there if your interested in old flashbulbs. Personally I don't really collect them but I have a few early Mazda foil filled types along with some early Xenon flash tubes.
 http://www.dhios.demon.co.uk/Flashbulbs/

For even more detailed information you should hunt down the following book at your local library or old book seller: Discharge Lamps for Photography and Projection by H.K. Bourne Published by Chapman & Hall LTD, London, 1948. The book is full of info on early oddball photography lamps - mercury vapor, pointolite lamps, etc. Here's a picture from the book of a pointolite lamp used in photography - circa 1940s:
 

Sorry if I drifted off the main topic  



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Offline Scott

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2000, 08:02:00 pm »
Thanks for the replies! I'm not sure of the bulb numbers, but the larger of the ones I have has a standard Edison base,and is about the size of a 15 watt bulb, or the bulb used to light the interior of a stove. The others are bayonet base,with the same base size as an automotive taillight bulb,and are a bit bigger than a taillight bulb. I'll check out that page on flashbulbs.

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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2000, 10:10:00 pm »
For Scott or anyone else interested, here's a neat Mazda advertisement from 1931 introducing the Mazda "foil filled" flashbulb (and the Mazda S-2 mercury pool sunlamp):

Click here (200kb)

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Offline Ray Minton

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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2000, 12:06:00 am »
That's pretty cool Tim. What's the deal with Mercury and Lightbulbs though ?
Ray Minton