I have recently come by four boxes of my grandfather Bengt's carefully organized negatives. Here is a photo of him from the 1930s, found in one of the boxes. I am so excited to have these negatives, a link to a lost world.
My grandfather Bengt Paul was never seen without a camera around his neck. He was a journalist and a talented photographer. Thanks to my brother Tom and my Uncle Heye (excellent photographers themselves), I've got four boxes of Bengt's carefully organized negatives—thousands of them, from Berlin in the 1930s and '40s, and from Sweden afterwards in the '50s and '60s. Looks like an amazing project to explore them. Bengt usually developed his own photos. But I guess he did avail himself of photo shops now and again, as evidenced in these envelopes. The Spector's envelope must have been from a visit to his daughter Christa's family (my mom) in the Queen City.
"It’s called the “Westerner” and was sold by Weber in the early to mid sixties. There are two different versions of this grill that were produced – The earlier 60’s version has a metal lid handle on top (such as the one you have), and the mid to late 60’s models that were more or less identical but with a wooden handle riveted to a metal strap on the lid. The change was simply made so the lid could be removed without burning your hand on the hot handle. Since then the design really hasn’t changed much at all and for the most part is still used today."
Matt is a curator at the blog Weber Kettle Club, which is absolutely fantastic. Read more about the Weber Westerner and its rarity here. Nice job, Matt!
Harley writes, "Found in the bottom of Dad's Weber when I cleaned out the ash receptacles. Presumed to be a mass of melted foil from a lot of baked potatoes and corn on the cob and garlic heads. Is this common?"
Hmm. Interesting question. We'll have to check our Webers.
Also from the amazing sample case of Mortimer Spiller. Mort would sell products to companies who wanted to reward their top salespeople. They could "Carry home a Carrier." Willis Carrier invented air-conditioning while working at, yes, Buffalo Forge. He is buried in Buffalo's Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Howie Mook also has a portable Holland grill. Howie's photo provides an excellent idea of scale, how robustly the grill is constructed, a good view of the griddle/windbreak, and how truly flat if folds. Buffalo ingenuity! Thanks for sending, Howie.