The Photographic Historical Society of Canada

Canada's Society for Photographic History (since 1974)
and Canada's Oldest and Biggest Photographica-Fairs

Welcome to Akimbo Visitors
Next Fair Date:Oct 4, 2009

Modern Ambrotypes
Modern Ambrotypes
Maayan Kasimov
Rob Norton

Cuba by Simon Bell
Cuba - Simon Bell

Old Bicycle Print
Old Bicycle Prints
Lorne Shields

Industrial Images
Tom Bochsler

Rafael Goldchain
Rafael Goldchain

George Hunter
Georege Hunter

Iron Plate Images
Iron Plate Images
Janice Schimmelman

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We have sponsored Photographica-Fairs every year since 1976.  Our Spring Photographica Fair is the oldest show of its kind in Canada. The one day fairs are held every spring and fall in the Toronto area. Members and the general public come to buy, sell and swap old photographic equipment, images, and books. Recent shows have offered over 100 tables of photographic delights to as many as 1,400 paying visitors. Everything from rare wet-plate cameras to usable accessory lenses and darkroom equipment turns up at the shows. 

There is a growing interest in old images as the transition from silver to digital has awakened people to the beauty and value of the old silver based prints. This show is an opportunity to collect old images and equipment. And did you know we are running a FREE hourly bus from the Kipling Kiss-n-Ride to the Soccer centre and back starting at 9:30 am from Kipling Subway Station? And students with current student School ID are admitted free!


We have a NO EARLY BIRD policy to permit vendors to set up on time, and give all paying customers the same opportunity to find bargains.

Next Fair: Our Fall show is this Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at the Soccer Centre.

Wow! How do I get a table? To become an exhibitor at the most successful photographica show in Canada, down load our Vendor Information file, and Table Reservation form. The file and form are Acrobat PDF files). The free Adobe Reader can be downloaded from here. 

Mail the reservation form with your payment to the address on the form. The table charge is $65.00 to the public and $50.00 to society members. Reserve early...   we are often sold out by show time! Each exhibitor must abide by the exhibitor rules. Every exhibitor must display goods for sale during the time the show is open to the public. Contact Fair Chairman Mark Singer for further information.  

What about Educational Displays? At our discretion, we allow a limited number of organizations or individuals to display collections, images etc. for free.   To be eligible, the display must be consistent with photographic history or activity.   For more information, e-mail Mark Singer.  

What else does the PHSC do?

We bring guest speakers to our monthly Toronto meetings to discuss a wide variety of topics of interest to image collectors, photo history buffs, camera collectors and anyone else interested in photography. A number of more recent talks have given a perspective on the effects of the digital transformation across the industry. Click on any of the images to go to a page of information on the artist or institution then use your browser back button to return.

Bromoil - David Lewis
Bromoil - David Lewis
Kodak by Bob Burley
Kodak - Bob Burley
Computer imaging - Carson Jones
Albert Kish
Albert Kish
Harold Graves of View-Master fame
Harold Graves
Ann Johnson by M O Hammond
Ann Johnson
tiny coloured daguarreotype
Tiny Coloured
Modern Hand Coloured Daguerreotype
Mike Robinson
P T Barnum
P T Barnum by
Bocce by Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Bocce by Vincenzo
dating old images
Niagara Falls images
Ken Nelson
Stereo Whimsy by Stan White
Stereo Whimsy
Stan White

We publish Photographic Canadiana, a journal of mostly original articles devoted to the history of photography with a special emphasis on the Canadian perspective. The images below are samples from recent issues. The journal is augmented by the free PHSC E-mail Newsletter, distributed monthly. For more information about the PHSC (founded in 1974), browse around our web site and drop in at one of our monthly meetings - third Wednesday of each month except July and August when we take a holiday.

A Young Girl
Issue 31-2

Great War Artillery
Issue 33-3

Old Studio Camera
Issue 33-4

Olive Edis

Walter Teague
Prominade size albumin print


And for those visitors to this page who are unfamiliar with Akimbo:

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Bob Carter

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