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Argus Day 2002 with Model 21 and Model A3, Tarentum and Natrona

I was looking through my old backup files from an earlier computer and came across these. They were captured about three years before I had a gallery account at pbase.com.

Argus Day is a day in summer when photographers worldwide are encouraged to make images with classic Argus cameras.
Argus Day in 2002 was Argust 2nd, on the 2nd day of August.
Argus Day this year will be Argust 11th, on the 11th day of August.

I started out Argust 2nd just after Midnight under the Tarentum - New Kensington Bridge on a very dark night on the Allegheny River in Western Pennsylvania.
Later in the day after a night's sleep and finishing the roll of ASA 200 film in the Model 21 Markfinder (late 1940's postwar, removable coated f:3.5 / 50mm lens, and projected frame line viewer descended from Argus wartime gunsight technology), I loaded up a Model A3 (prewar, circa 1941, Model A type shutter and uncoated lens in a streamlined metal body with focusing mount from 1 and a quarter feet to infinity, and built in "extinction" type meter) with more film and finished off the day.

Notes:
01) Under the Tarentum Bridge after midnight, hand held at f:3.5 and 1/10 second, existing light only.
02) The same, looking down a dark river.
03) Underside of Tarentum Bridge, exhibiting the tremendous power of an old flashbulb, either Press 25 or M5, lens wide open. The river at this point is some 300 yards wide, and the bulb lit it about halfway across!
04) Another flashbulb, dead of night, in the park.
05) Phoebe or Daphne, in the park, lens wide open and handheld at 1/10 second, no flash.
06) Handheld available light, later in morning at Tarentum Historical Museum.
07) Argus Model 21 Markfinder.
08) Center Alley in Natrona, looking north from Garfield Street.
09) Last remnants of the old Penn Salt Chemical Company complex, built in the 1800's, as it was slowly being reclaimed by Allegheny Ludlum, the steel company that acquired the property about 1960.
10) Sammi at the window waiting.
11) Argus Model A3.

Please remember to click on thumbnails top see enlargements.
All images are 2002 E.J.Kowalski.
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