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Vintage Talcum Powder

Colgate after shave talc, by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. "Eliminates that objectionable 'powdered' look!"


I discovered this vintage talcum powder tin inside an old medicine cabinet in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. I imagine it is from no later than the 1940s.


The medicine cabinet had been sealed over. When I reopened it, I found a couple dead cockroaches, a few hairpins, and this tin.


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This is my first photo using my new camera. Thanks go out to my family and PK for the great Christmas gift!


So, my new camera is a Canon EOS Rebel XSi body with an EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. (Don't ask me to repeat all those letters and numbers, because I'll just have to look them up and cut-n-paste them again.) Anyway, this is my first manual-focus camera and my first DSLR camera.


I used the talcum powder tin to familiarize myself with my new gear. Notice the shallow depth of field in the photo. (The face of the tin is in sharp focus; the terry cloths in the foreground and behind the tin are not at all.) Control over depth of field was one of the main reasons I wanted a manual-focus camera.


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Taken on January 14, 2010