Monday, January 13, 2014

VINTAGE (013/365 DAYS, 4.0)

For once, 
work inspired my photography.


"Vintage Toledo Scale

This scale will eventually be replaced by a modern digital one. 
It reminds me of the scale I saw at the butcher shop of my youth, 
with pieces of meat in the display cases in  various shapes, 
whole, sliced or ground. 
And the metallic smell of blood, 
somewhat appealing. 
Who knew I'd get to smell that again later in life?!? 
Just not as a butcher, 
nor a serial killer, 
FYI...


"250+

In this case, 
this scale started its career decades ago weighing placentas, 
but it now sits mostly in the dark, 
only occasionally used to weigh feces... 
The indignity!! 
I did dust it off for its last [and only] glory shot.


"Holy Toledo!!" 

The Toledo Scale Company is well known for its products. 
Its beginning goes back to 1897 
when Allen DeVilbiss invented the first spring-less scale for which he got the patent in 1900. 
It took another man, 
Henry Theobald, 
to manufacture this product on a large scale in 1901, 
by making Allen the first factory manager 
to oversee production of his invention. 
A decade after, 
they had become a household name in the industry.


"On the Grand Scale of Things

I've found an interesting link offering a chronology of the company 
and tidbits of information on the process of making these scales. 
Check it out, 
well worth it!!


"The Motions of Inertia

I had some fun with it, 
of course!! 
I hope you've enjoyed this. 
I hope this scale ends its days in a museum dedicated to our history. 
I heard something about that, 
but I don't know if there's any truth to it... 
I hope so, 
for its sake!! 
It still looks good, 
for its age. 
:)~ 
HUGZ

10 comments:

  1. I'm sure there is a good reason to weigh the placenta but I have no clue what that reason would be -- even fewer clues as to weighing that other stuff.
    But let's talk photography -- LOVE the texture of the vintage shot, and it does indeed feel vintage-y. I surprise myself by being most drawn to "On the Grand Scale" with "Holy Toledo" a close second. Must be the colors.

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    1. That type of colorization is achieved by layering two different pictures one on top of each other
      and selecting the blending mode "difference", which offers striking contrast and a negative film aspect to some degree.
      Glad you like!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  2. Now these I like, I was just admiring them on flickr. That first vintage shot is my favourite; it would make a fine print.

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    1. Far from me wanting to sound vain,
      but I totally agree with you!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  3. They don't make em like they used to! This is a wonderful 'artifact' from the past and something I grew up with as well Bruno. My father owned and operated a meat/fish market when I was a young boy and I remember these scales and laying my hands on them and watching the 'needle' go up and down.
    Great little tribute here and good renderings to help get the 'feel' of it.

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    1. Well, the new scale will never have the panache this one has,
      that's for sure!!
      I see we all have our own set of childhood memories...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  4. Great images and stories... well, except for weighing feces! (Thanks so much for sharing...)

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    1. Well, Mitch, I'm never one to shy away from the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...
      Would you want it any other way?!?
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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    2. Well, I could probably live without imagining a pile of feces on a beautiful old scale... but, OK, I prefer truth.

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    3. If it is any consolation to you,
      it comes in a cute little metal can
      like those cans of paint,
      nothing see through...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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