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Going on with my recent eBay photo acquisitions, we come to the paper. Paper for making prints is quite expensive – and it seems like prices are rising as fewer and fewer companies actually produce paper for analogue black and white prints. One guy from my photo course had discovered a sale of old ORWO paper from GDR times on eBay and we tried some of them last week. Despite its age, the paper still seems quite good (apparently it’s more the colour films and papers which break when they’re old while the black and white ones will age just fine. So we decided to just order a big bunch of extra papers for a very reasonable price.

box full of photo paper

Among two hundred large sheets and several hundred small sheets, I ordered a pack of two rolls of 100m×7cm paper. While this is quite narrow, I should be able to do something extreme enlarging on it, making a 7cm×1m print or so. While I’m not quit sure how to make that work yet, that should be quite cool. I’ll just have to find a suitable image for it. Of course all those papers are old school paper based ones, so we’ll also have the hassle of properly watering and drying them.

Unfortunately, the packaging doesn’t mention the year in which the paper was manufactured. I’d be really curious how long ago that was. The labels do come in German, English, French, Russian and Spanish, though…

Label of ORWO photo paper

December 19, 2006, 0:09

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Comment by Maciej: User icon

Many years ago I used ORWO papers, and as far as I remember last four digits on the serial number indicated month&year - so your paper seems to be made in ‘89….

Cheers, M.

December 19, 2006, 9:22

Comment by ssp: User icon

Thanks for that info Maciej!

So it’s pretty much as fresh as it can possibly be.

December 19, 2006, 11:11

Comment by Thomas: User icon

that is soooo cool… I have some Kodak Bromesko paper that was made before decimalisation. it has this lovely tone to it… and surprisingly still is OK.. they just don’t make things like they used to do.


December 19, 2006, 17:12

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