Kodak Vest Pocket Model B


I was recently given this Kodak Vest Pocket Model B folding camera. The gift was from my parents but they do not remember where it came from. The best guess is that it was in a shipment of stuff from my grandmother sent from England in the 1970s and that most probably it was her camera.

These cameras were made from 1925 to 1934 which fits nicely with the years my grandmother was back and forth several times to India (one of my uncles was born there in 1927, my father in England in 1929. My grandfather, whom she met in India in the early 1920s and married in 1926, was stationed there into the early 1930s). Some sources say the Vest Pocket Model B did not include the autographic feature after 1930.

This camera is in excellent condition. It has the original canvas case slightly worn, and while a bit dusty (I did not clean it before taking this photos) and with very small oxidation around metal parts and a bit of rubbing it is in remarkably good condition considering it is 80 to 90 years old. In many respects it is a beautiful object as I hope you will see in the photos in this post. The camera is very small (in outline it is smaller than my Samsung s4 cell phone, though about 2.5 times as thick), especially for its time and is thus ideal for travelling. Not only does it fit in a vest pocket nicely, it easily fits in a purse as well. So, I think it is my grandmother’s camera, but I can probably never be certain.

This is an autographic model of camera, one that allows marking the negatives with a short note between shots, but I know of no negatives in the family collection that have been marked this way. If we do find negatives of the right size with her handwritten notations, then perhaps we can be more certain. The stylus was intended to be used to pen the autographic slot on the back of the camera, and it is clear from the scratches around the knob in the slot that this was done quite often and thus there should be negatives from this camera that are autographed, somewhere.


Official Graffiti


The parks department paints this graffiti, and no one tries to clean it up even when it is done badly, though time has a go at it.

I struggled to decipher these hieroglyphics, and like fragmentary archaeological pictographs, sometimes you need just the right place or piece for understanding to dawn on all the others.

The bottom of this series was that piece for me. I now understand that the meaning of these paintings concerns dogs not being allowed to hunt humans on wheels. Not only is this a profound insight into park culture, but it demonstrates once and for all that dogs are symbolists (meaning 2a:  One who interprets or represents conditions or truths by the use of symbols or symbolism).

Surely this is Nobel Prize material.


Jordan River IV



These photos give some context for my earlier Jordan River posts showing the relationship of the two buildings featured in those three posts.  All were taken on a trip to Port Renfrew in February, other posts from that trip can be seen here.



What Was I Making?


Can anyone figure out from these heavily processed photos what I was making?

A while back I had a  guess-what-it-is post, and today’s shots were taken during preparation of the same meal, but they are not of the cheese soufflé I also made that evening. EDIT: I have posted in the comments pictures of egg yolks, which are not in this recipe, along with other clues.


Renfrew Skies


These shots are from my trip to Port Renfrew – taken at the edge of the beach next to the day before yesterday’s photos. It was a lovely clear evening, with only minor light pollution. It is so nice for a city dweller to get out where there are stars to be seen in abundance.


Sunrise Trees


The sunrise was angling from the ocean through the trees outside my window on Quadra Island last week. I went out in my pyjamas so as not to miss the light – it only lasted a few minutes. These are the same trees that have featured in this blog with stars here and in the snow here and here.


Sunset Log



The cabin I stayed at in Port Renfrew in February is on the beach; yes, this beach. We had a couple of nice days, and I could not resist a sunset shot (well a dozen or two…)




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