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    Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    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.

    LabBook_Cover34 by Tim Scott, on Flickr

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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    A few of the pages:

    LabBook_SamplePage1 by Tim Scott, on Flickr

    LabBook_SamplePage2 by Tim Scott, on Flickr

    LabBook_BackCover by Tim Scott, on Flickr

    Yes. I am a photo nerd.

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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    I have the mid-1980s paperback version of this book, it is a good reference.

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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    Great Find! Don't guess you'd like to scan & post on line......................

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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis-F-S View Post
    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.

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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    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.

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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    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

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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    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.

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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    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.
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    Re: Super interesting find "Photo-Lab Index" from 1953

    Just remember that the PLI's are full of mistakes they aren't reliable. Better to use manufacturers own publications.

    Ian

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