[rollei_list] Re: What is Velox? What are lantern slides?
- From: "Richard Knoppow" <dickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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- Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 18:45:03 -0700
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From: "Eric Goldstein" <egoldste@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2006 5:47 PM
Subject: [rollei_list] Re: What is Velox? What are lantern
Richard Knoppow wrote:
BTW, Velox was also used as a term for a print made from
a screened negative used in making printing plates. I
don't know the derivation of the term but perhaps it was
from the use of high contrast Velox paper to make the
Right on both accounts, Richard. Producing/reproducing the
screened halftones required the use of high contrast
materials, and back in the day there was a Velox paper for
I miss Velox continuous tone contact paper... I used to
love working with it. I believe I used an old Kodak
contact printer with Velox as a kid. BTW does anyone still
have one of the old contact printer boxes?
I have two but they are large ones. One is an Agfa/Ansco
8x10 made of wood. I think its not quite complete but I have
never seen another so don't know. The catalogue illustration
shows it to have feet and I think there are a couple of
slats missing from the bottom, all restorable if I knew what
the original was like.
The other printer is a Morse Instruments 10x10 originally
intended for aerial film. I have the civilian model with an
adjustable mask instead of roll holders. This unit is of
typical late 1950's over-engineered military construction,
the term "tank" fits it well. The illumination is from 39
low wattage Argon lamps, each with a separate switch. Also,
they can be turned on and off in rings, probably to
compensate for fall off of very wide angle lenses. This one
is complete other than the diffusing glass has a crack in
it. I got it cheap at a local sake because the guy selling
it broke the top glass and cracked the diffuser. The top is
probably supposed to be made of colorless optical glass but
I replaced it with plain plate glass.
I also printed using smaller boxes when I started and used
plenty of Velox. I suspect that Velox would be quite popular
today when people like cold tone paper.
I've found many people now don't know what these are and
also think contact printing is very exotic.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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