The "Graflex" Is 75 Today! Make that 78!

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Probe Droid

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This day in 1940, Oscar Steiner, the chief engineer for the Folmer-Graflex Corp., Rochester, NY, filed his patent for "Photographic Flashlight Equipment." The "Graflex" is born.


Hug your Skywalker today!


I'm declaring this National Graflex Day in his honor. On behalf of generations of Star Wars geeks the galaxy over, thanks Oscar.

When I saw Star Wars in 1977 I thought Luke's lightsaber was the coolest thing I'd ever seen, and 38 years later my opinion hasn't changed.

Here's my baby. The bubbles are wrong, the D-ring assembly is a travesty, and the grips are all over town, but I love it!

Best $10 I ever spent!
 

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Fuzzual

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agreed, excellent post. and yours is great, just great!
 

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Trilogy

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75 years of age and has never looked better. :cool

If only everything aged so beautifully . :darnkids
 

thd9791

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I'll second national graflex day, those patent drawings are fascinating.
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scottjua

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Awesome! My love. My favorite original light saber. Also as a photographer I just love anything historically useful and artful. Lucky to have owned over 25 of them over the past years.
 

scarf man

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Great post Probe Droid! I got my first Graflex flashgun after reading it's lightsaber connection in Steve Sansweet's "scouting the galaxy" column in the fan club magazine. Those were pre-internet days for me, and I called around to dozens of places before I finally got a Graflex sent to me for the tidy sum of 25 dollars.
 

laszlo

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Yeah great post!
The graflex flash seems like a luxury of engineering now. Machined moving parts and metal? It would be Plastic and microchips now. I love vintage camera kit and the 3 cell will always be in my heart. I salute you Oscar!
 

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mugatu

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Yeah great post!
The graflex flash seems like a luxury of engineering now. Machined moving parts and metal? It would be Plastic and microchips now. I love vintage camera kit and the 3 cell will always be in my heart. I salute you Oscar!
Yeah, it would be plastic and purposely designed to last about 3 years.

Great post, Probe Droid.
 

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dcarty

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The motion has been seconded and carried. Henceforth, July 19th is National Graflex Day.

That was such a wonderful use of a found piece and a perfect example of how much of Star Wars just clicked perfectly into place. It looks like a practical piece of technology in a way that the "designed" lightsabers just don't. It's one of the most iconic examples of industrial design.
 

Lichtbringer

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It looks like a practical piece of technology in a way that the "designed" lightsabers just don't.
All the constructed lightsabers do.

Even the holyday-special saber looks more practical/functional than the designed stuff. :lol
 

mortifactor

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I agree, I think it is because it doesn't look like it could have been made just by putting some aluminium on a lathe and screwing bits on. The whole body's shape is influenced by the various other parts, which all goes back to the form being from the function. I think that is why the PT and some custom sabers do nothing for me, their designs aren't compromised enough by any function.
 

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