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

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  1. 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!
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    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!
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    Best $10 I ever spent!
     

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  2. Panaflex

    Panaflex Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great post!
     
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  3. Fuzzual

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

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    :cheers
     
  5. Romans Empire

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    $10?? :eek

    My, how times have changed!!!
     
  6. Trilogy

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

    If only everything aged so beautifully . :darnkids
     
  7. thd9791

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    I'll second national graflex day, those patent drawings are fascinating.
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  8. 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.
     
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  9. 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.
     
  10. 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!
     
  11. mugatu

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    Yeah, it would be plastic and purposely designed to last about 3 years.

    Great post, Probe Droid.
     
  12. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    Well it sure is about time for a discount if it's that old...
     
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  13. NeoRutty

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    Re: The "Graflex" Is 75 Today!

    Since I had them out for my Seattle trip... Family photo for it's B-day

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  14. Sym-Cha

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    Hip, hip hoorraaayy! :)

    Chaim
     
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  15. SofaKing01

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    I know what it is. I know what it does / did. But it will always be a light saber to me ;)
     
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  16. roygilsing

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    It's the first and only piece of antique that I love!
    75 years, I consider that antique.
     
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  17. 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.
     
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    I totally agree!
     
  19. Lichtbringer

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    All the constructed lightsabers do.

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

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    Check out what I saw on the new stands today.

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  22. thd9791

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    And it only has the nut!!!! Tom believes they found the v2 clamp that way.
     
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  23. Probe Droid

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    It's a year later, so make that 76! After TFA, the old G is back with a vengeance.

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  24. NeoRutty

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    Ha... I saw this post, didn't realize it was a year old...

    I read the first post and thought "hmmm better drag out a pic of the family if I have one..."

    *scroll down*

    Never mind.

    :lol

    I'm getting old. losing it.
     
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  25. thd9791

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    I posted about this on my facebook too, probably because facebook memories told me I made a post a year ago, after seeing this thread :)
     
  26. dcarty

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    It's funny, looking at that Life magazine cover; when that photographer goes to fire off that shot I don't think the flash is going to activate because the triggering cable it isn't connected!

    Great picture, though, and always fun to see a Graflex in it's "natural element". I always keep an eye out for vintage flashes in period movies, lol.
     
  27. Sym-Cha

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    Happy G R A F L E X Day!!!

    dcarty : Did he remove the darkslide to actually take a picture on his negative? I love spotting a vintage G R A F L E X camera with flashguns in movies too ... in "Bridge of Spies' by Spielberg the floor was littered with the bulbs :wacko

    Chaim
     
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  28. Probe Droid

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    Hug your Graflex today!
     
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    :thumbsup
     
  30. scide

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    Done. Nice find. Maybe I’ll add a printed patent to my collection. :rolleyes
     
  31. Seth Skywalker

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    Great idea! If only I would have a graflex.:(
     
  32. scide

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    It’s never too late to get one. You won’t regret it. Just don’t start building a ridiculously expensive crystal chamber... :D
     
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  33. laszlo

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    A bit late - but happy birthday dear friend!
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  34. Seth Skywalker

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    A graflex is on my to do list. Adding a crystal chamber, now that is when things start getting very, very expensive. :p
     

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