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W/O Frank Hall RCAF: Canadian Medical Photographer

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    Sgt. Frank Hall with camera (Photographer Unknown) courtesy Shelley Scurrah.
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    W/O Frank Hall (left) Unknown (right) ~ (Photographer unknown) courtesy Shelley Scurrah.
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    Anson Accident Jan. 31st 1941 ~ Photo credit W/O Frank Hall : courtesy Shelley Scurrah.
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    Modified 35mm Bell & Howell Eyemo, 'Moanin Minnie' invented by W/O Frank Hall; Photo credit: W/O Frank Hall.
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    Modified 35mm Bell & Howell Eyemo, 'Moanin Minnie' invented by W/O Frank Hall; Photo credit: W/O Frank Hall.
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    Modified 35mm Bell & Howell Eyemo, 'Moanin Minnie' invented by W/O Frank Hall; Photo credit: W/O Frank Hall.
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    Frank Hall at the University of Toronto setting up the lighting to film the autopsy of the Egyptian mummy Nakht. Photo credit: Ian Whan.
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    Frank Hall with camera films while medical staff work on the autopsy of the Egyptian mummy Nakht. Photo credit: Ian Whan.
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    Frank Hall inspecting a reel of 16mm motion picture film

Earlier this year I had been contacted by Shelley Scurrah, whose great grandfather Frank Hall was a photographer during WWII with the RCAF. Frank Hall went on to shoot motion picture film for medical procedures in Toronto, and in 1974 filmed the autopsy of Nakht an Egyptian mummy currently at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Frank also invented a photo enlarger while in the RCAF, using a Bell & Howell Eyemo, which they affectionately called Moanin’ Minnie. Many thanks to Shelley Scurrah and the Hall family for sharing Frank Halls many accomplishments with me for use on this website. * * * *   FRANK HALL – Date of birth: October 23,…

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Inspired by the CFPU by Josha Sietsma

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I was asked to write how Holland’s first baseball scorebook happened to have a cover-illustration inspired by Charles H. Richer (CFPU). In the summer of 2015, before becoming a teacher fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), I hosted a screening on the work and life of Annemie Wolff. She and her husband were photographers during the WWII and moved to Amsterdam prior to its commence. The amazing stills by this couple and my summer at the USHMM inspired my thoughts on photographers in wartime. Being raised in Hamilton (ON), a fervent Canadian Historical review reader and with love for baseball I started searching the archives for the…

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