Keppler’s Vault 12: The Japanese Photo Industry Part 2

This is the second part of a 48 page article about the Japanese Photo Industry which originally appeared in as special section of the April 1957 issue of Popular Photography magazine.  The first part of this series can be read here. In this section, there are even more fascinating stories …

Keppler’s Vault 11: The Japanese Photo Industry Part 1

I was born in 1978, and for my whole life, Japanese products were always good.  Cameras, televisions, stereos, watches, video game consoles, cars, and a huge number of other consumer products proudly proclaimed to be “Made in Japan”. This wasn’t always so. As recently as the late 1800s, Japan was …

Keppler’s Vault 6: How to Use the Rolleiflex

It might come as a surprise to those who collect vintage cameras today that not everyone knows how to use a TLR like a Rolleiflex.  With a huge amount of information available on the Internet with countless review blogs like mine, easily searchable user’s manuals, and groups like the Vintage Camera …

Keppler’s Vault 3: A Polio Story

Polio is a horrible, horrible disease.  During it’s peak in 1952, Polio infected nearly 60,000 children and caused over 3,000 deaths in the United States.  The numbers were significantly higher in other, less developed countries.  The virus most commonly affected children, specifically those aged 5 and under.  When a child …

Keppler’s Vault 1: Shooting the 1952 Olympics

I am proud to announce “Keppler’s Vault”, a new series of posts dedicated to articles published in the 1950s and 60s in Modern Photography magazine. The name Keppler refers to none only than Herbert Keppler (April 21, 1925 – January 4, 2008), long time photographer, journalist, consultant, and editorial director …