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Wilson Laidlaw
  • Lewes, East Sussex
  • United Kingdom
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Wilson Laidlaw replied to Alex Burnham's discussion Antique Enlarger
"I have a receipt from Wallace Heaton of New Bond Street for my Leica IIIa and f2 Summar (I am only the second owner) and a whole lot of other bits and pieces. Amongst these is a Cresco Enlarger for the sum of £3 5/-. No enlarging lens is in…"
Apr 21
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auctions: John Hannavy Collection, plus photography and photographic equipment
"I hope that Flint's estimated pricings are realised, as that would help maintain the value of my collection but I fear they are somewhat to considerably optimistic. This would especially apply to broken or fungus damaged items, where my…"
Apr 15
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Hi Simon,  I thought you might be interested in an update on my 250FF reporter. I had a go at running a trial length of old film through it and quickly discovered that all was not well with the wind on mechanism, although the shutter does cock…"
Jan 7
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Peter Blair's blog post Publication: Scotland in 3D Kickstarter project
"Hi Peter,  I already have quite a lot of original stereoscopic cards of Scotland plus some from Egypt and other parts of the world, in three fake leather bound "books", together with an early 20th century stereoscope (made out of…"
Sep 10, 2018
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Hi Simon,  If you advise me of a regular email address via a PM, I would be delighted to send you some photos of the 250FF and the engraved KOOBF cassettes I have. I have just bought two more cassettes from Red Dot and it will be interesting to…"
Sep 7, 2018
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Paul, That is very interesting. I would bet those seaside photos were treasured a lot more than phone selfies on Instagram!  Wilson"
Sep 6, 2018
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Paul, It strikes me that a fair proportion of the total production of Reporter 250 cameras (246 of FF 750 of GG but maybe a few more post war, assembled by Leitz from unused parts) must have ended up in the hands of British seaside walking…"
Sep 5, 2018
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"I have one of the Leica 250FF Reporter cameras used by William Brigham, when he or his staff were working as walking photographers in Bridlington. The very large (KOOBF) cassettes it uses, hold 33 feet of 35mm film allowing 250 images to be taken…"
Sep 1, 2018
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