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Old contact printer

Jeff Moag , Jan 19, 2007; 12:12 p.m.

This old contact printer is on eBay. Does anybody know more about it?

Text says:

"Vintage darkroom buffs, take note. Here's a Fedco contact printer. It appears to be 1940s vintage, but I'm really just guessing. The number 57033 is stamped into the steel mechanism. This thing is really cool. A heavy locking mechanism holds the large-format negative and paper firmly against a piece of thick frosted plate glass. The printing surface is approximately 7 x 4 inches. The two bulbs inside the box provide the light for the exposure.

That's about all I know about it, except that is is built the old-fashioned way--extremely high quality, bulletproof, obviously intended to stand the test of time. I never printed with it (no LF negs to work with since I sold my Speed Graphic years ago). If you know more about this extremely interesting piece of equipment, send me an eBay message and I'll expand the info in the listing.

I haven't tested the electrics, but as you can see by the photo, it ain't rocket science.

No reserve, but I hope the person who buys it will use it.

Shipping is 12 bucks for this heavyweight piece within the USA, at cost worldwide. Good luck! Here is the link:

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Ivan Muska , Jan 19, 2007; 12:34 p.m.

I don't know if you want to get something vintage/collectable or you just looking for a contact printer. If you want contact printer, cheapest solution is to buy clipart frame - the ugly glass with metal hooks on all sides. Just use the glass from it, it does not have sharp edges, so it's safe. I store negatives in transparent holders, simply put that clipart glass over it and result is very good, of course it's meant just like a thumbnails, not for real photography.

But if you're looking for the vintage stuff, I did say nothing ;-)


glen herrmannsfeldt , Oct 19, 2013; 03:40 a.m.

I saw once a Kodak contact printer in a Goodwill store. All made of wood, and four big lamps inside. It was huge and I wouldn't know where to put one, so I didn't buy it. Must have been from the days of very slow paper.

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