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22-Jun-2015, 10:09
This weekend wandering around an antique store in SoCal I found and purchased this Photo-Lab Index. It is from 1953 and has hundreds of pages of detailed information on films, processing and instruction. It measures about 8.5 x 8" and is a binder that is about 4" deep. Too cool to pass up.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/389/18436663874_64d63ae032_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/u6bHR5)LabBook_Cover34 (https://flic.kr/p/u6bHR5) by Tim Scott (https://www.flickr.com/photos/themdidit/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/338/19062379941_e268dc56c0_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/v3tFr8)LabBook_Cover (https://flic.kr/p/v3tFr8) by Tim Scott (https://www.flickr.com/photos/themdidit/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/282/18871504018_4ab8daba41_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/uKBoEW)LabBook_Tabs (https://flic.kr/p/uKBoEW) by Tim Scott (https://www.flickr.com/photos/themdidit/), on Flickr

22-Jun-2015, 10:11
A few of the pages:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/471/18873012879_63d226681d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/uKK8cM)LabBook_SamplePage1 (https://flic.kr/p/uKK8cM) by Tim Scott (https://www.flickr.com/photos/themdidit/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/327/19053610582_679f08aab3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/v2GJBh)LabBook_SamplePage2 (https://flic.kr/p/v2GJBh) by Tim Scott (https://www.flickr.com/photos/themdidit/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/334/18871475530_1f18c8d5b4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/uKBfcL)LabBook_BackCover (https://flic.kr/p/uKBfcL) by Tim Scott (https://www.flickr.com/photos/themdidit/), on Flickr

Yes. I am a photo nerd.

22-Jun-2015, 12:19
I have the mid-1980s paperback version of this book, it is a good reference.

22-Jun-2015, 12:54
Great Find! Don't guess you'd like to scan & post on line......................

22-Jun-2015, 16:07
Great Find! Don't guess you'd like to scan & post on line......................

There are many, many pages in this book. It would take me years to scan them all. I can maybe take a section if there is something someone specifically needs.

22-Jun-2015, 17:36
COOL! :cool:

Yes, although the Photo Lab Index contains errors within (like the original 'Darkroom Cookbook')... It is still a very useful and valuable 'Cross Reference'.

1953... Eh?
Great find... Scott!

Best regards, -Tim.

22-Jun-2015, 18:26
Interesting addition from the WWII era version was a section on using common (household) chemicals as replacements for war shortage ingredients for processing...

Steve K

John Olsen
22-Jun-2015, 19:52
That's a neat find.

Here's what I've been dragging around for 45 years. It's from 1962 - I got it in 1970. Anyone want to calculate exposures based on the expected temperature in an explosion? This is a good place to start.


John Jarosz
24-Jun-2015, 08:35
My PLI is from 1972, a youngster compared to yours.

I found this 1946 Kodak Reference Handbook when cleaning out a deceased photographer's darkroom a few years ago.

24-Jun-2015, 08:55
Just remember that the PLI's are full of mistakes they aren't reliable. Better to use manufacturers own publications.


Rick A
25-Jun-2015, 15:37
I have one from the mid 70's, handy to have around.