Keppler’s Vault 79: Pentax Goes Bayonet

When the company known today as Pentax released their first camera in 1952, they were then known as Asahi Kōgaku Kōgyō K.K., or Asahi Optical Company in English.  At the time, Asahi Optical was a lens maker, producing photographic lenses for a variety of other Japanese companies. That first camera …

Keppler’s Vault 77: Auto Focus Hocus Pocus

Camera makers throughout the 20th century happily threw the word “automatic” around to refer to some new feature of a camera that has now been automated.  Early Rolleiflexes were often called “Automats” because they had the ability to automatically detect the start of a new roll of film and advance …

Keppler’s Vault 76: Arthur “Weegee” Fellig

You would assume that any magazine article telling the story of one of the most famous street photographers of all time would mention his name in the title.  This week’s Keppler’s Vault about Arthur Fellig, better known as “Weegee” is the oldest article I’ve ever featured and is from the …

Keppler’s Vault 75: Popular Photography Flashback

What do you call a flashback to a flashback?  A flashback-back, or is it a flash-flashback? Whatever it’s called, this week’s Keppler’s Vault is a double flashback-flashback, first from the May 1952 issue of Popular Photography magazine, who at the time had changed it’s name to Photography magazine, where they …