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  • We are a husband-wife photography team located in West Philadelphia. We were married in 2009, and we share a love for God, for each other, for others, and for photography.

    We shoot primarily on-location, lifestyle photography, meaning we don't shoot within the confines of a studio, but come to you (your house, a park, etc.). We feel that this allows us to give you more real and more natural looking photos. We shoot engagement sessions, family sessions, child/newborn sessions, senior portraits, or just about anything else you could imagine. We would also love to photograph your event--a birthday party, church or company event, or anything else. Just let us know what you have in mind, and we'll work it out!

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Ansco Shur Shot Test Roll

These pictures were taken with the Ansco Shur Shot camera, which was made from about 1935 through sometime around 1950 (as best as I can tell).  Prior to WWII, it was branded as Agfa-Ansco (I have one of those too–still untested), but after the war, it was rebranded just as Ansco (since Agfa was a German company).  So mine is at least post-1943, although I am unsure of the exact year.  This camera is a very basic box design, with a fixed f/13 (approximately) aperture and a fixed shutter speed of somewhere around 1/50.  I loaded it up with Fuji Provia 100F film (120 film), pushed it one stop, and cross-processed it, and was pretty happy with the results.  It only gets 8 shots to the roll, but these were my three favorites.

Jess - July 6, 2013 - 3:48 pm

How did you get your camera all cleaned up? The lens look clear, the body is free of rust.

Spring Break 2013: Texas

For Jay’s spring break this year we decided to visit my out-of-state siblings. So we headed out to Texas (a first for both of us) and Missouri (first time for Jay, second for me).

First up, Texas! We went to visit my brother Russell and his wife, Aimee. After getting up at 2:30am to make our flight, we arrived in Austin to grey skies that quickly turned into bright sun. Jay and I both got pretty sunburned that first day!

Our first day there we explored Austin, especially the South Congress area.

Our hosts!
Russ & Aimee live on Fort Hood, which is in Killeen, aka middle-of-nowhere, Texas. We got to hang out at Lake Barton, which is a huge park that’s connected with the base.
Mily at attention
Yeah, this was just lying on a dock. We’re definitely not in Philly anymore.
Climbing contest: Army guy vs. school psychologist.
Longhorns lounging around. 

Old School Goodness

I’ve always had a liking for old, manual things.  Old film cameras, bicycles, record players, mechanical clocks, typewriters.  Things that are made of metal, rather than plastic.  Things that are designed to last for lifetimes, rather than lasting just until the warrantee expires.  My latest Craigslist find was one of these things.

First, a little history*.  Zbrojovka Brno was established in 1918 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, as an arms factory, primarily producing rifles (which they still produce).  In 1949, however, they began making typewriters, primarily under the names of Zeta and Consul, and they continued to do so until 1977.  In 1959, they began making small, portable typewriters (Model 1531, and later, the nearly identical Model 232, among a few others), and it is one of these that has become my newest toy.  It has the markings 1531-10-102 F-1870 under the cover, which initially led me to believe that it was a Model 1531, but the serial number is 3232172512.  A bit of research revealed that the first number most likely indicates the date (1963), the next numbers (232) indicate the model, and the remaining numbers (172512) indicate the serial number.  So my best guess is that it is a Consul Model 232 typewriter, made in 1963 in Czechoslovakia.

More importantly, however, it works.  The ribbon is a little dried out (nothing a little Amazon order can’t fix), but otherwise it works fairly well.  I was told it had sat untouched for at least 20 years, so I was surprised that the ink wasn’t completely dried out.  I am excited to get a new ribbon in it and give it a full test.  Until then, pictures.


Notice the absence of the “1” key.  I initially thought it was missing a key, but apparently a lot of old typewriters did not have a “1” key because the lower-case “L” looks the same.  Similarly, there is no exclamation mark, as that could be created by typing an apostrophe, backspace, and a period.

In action…

It’s a bit faint and it took a bit of pounding on the keys, but I typed the model number, and the 20+ year old ink is at least still visible.

* Thanks to Will Davis over at machinesoflovinggrace.com for most of this background information.

Alice - March 19, 2014 - 10:50 am

Hi there! I have just picked one of these up myself in a local charity shop so was thrilled to find this blog post as mine has lost its name and I had little to go on. Great to find out a little history :-) I am wondering where you managed to buy your new ribbon from??? Would be overjoyed if you could share those details with me – very excited to get going with mine although I too was shocked to see there is still some (faint) ink remaining. alice@alicegriffin.co.uk

Baby Noah

Our good friends, Matt & Jamie, came over for dinner the other day and brought their two boys along. And what do you do when you have an adorable newborn and a rambunctious 2-year old in your home? An impromptu photo shoot, what else?

Serious Noah

He turned quickly into happy Noah!

Cuddle time.
They’re going to be best buds.
Caleb is a great big brother..
… and he’s going to teach Noah the important things in life, such as how to make amazing faces!

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