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PM, April 1, 1947
“Will Homer’s Burial Today Lure Langley?”
by Jack O’Keefe

“By Jack O’Keefe
They will bury 65-year-old Homer Collyer today in a casket with bronze trimmings at the Cypress Hills Cemetery, The funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. and the big question is whether Homer’s brother, the missing Hermit from 2078 Fifth Avenue, will turn up at the service.
Police weren’t pinning too much hope on the frightened Langley’s turning up and continued their search through the junk-filled Collyer mansion in Harlem. The formal evacuation of the valuables and junk in the house began yesterday morning under Robert Roberts, from the Public Administrator’s office. At the day’s end police were able to affirm with certainty that Langley was not in the lower front room.

May Still Be In The House

But there were still chances he might be in the blocked hallways between floors into which the police have not yet ventured since the search for Langley began after Homer was discovered dead in the ghost house 10 days ago. It will cost the Langley estate $120 a day to get the valuables out of the house. Five moving men are working an eight hour day and receiving $2 an hour; the van of the Cirker Moving and Storage Co. Inc., 316 E. 46th St., costs $4 an JUL One man is acting as a checker $1 an hour.

Move 2987 Books On Law, Medicine

toAI;¬ß;¬ß0tii;l1aMonday they started B ust-encrusted books. v¬ß¬ßm1;m- they had removed 2,987 of limes‚Äô ‚Äúi*0St of them said to be the Semfm ue, medical books from was a v?1`uC0llyers library -he and book e `kH0wn dgynecologist- Homer v5 of ,law an engineering. Langle as 3l¬∞1_&dm;1‚Äòalty lawyer, _ Y an englneer. .._c ‘

Of greater value was a gold leaf bible, the King James version, in good condition. A collector’s item was a New York Telephone Directory for 1908. It covered all five boroughs in 560 pages. The father was listed as residing at 153 West 77th St. and his home number was 3094 Riverside. A 1914 book showed him as still there, but listed Homer, Langley and Susan Cage Collyer, their mother, as residing at 2078 Fifth Ave., the mansion now being searched. Their phone number was Harlem 466.

They Had Ford Car in the House

One of the last items carried out yesterday was a four cylinder engine of a Ford. With the wheels previously carried out, and the chassis, this indicated that at least one legend was true: Langley did have a Ford car in the house.
One of the several pianos was carried out. It was a Steinway, the old-fashioned square type, with wonderful high polish. One of the local critics got his hands on it and tapped its yellowed keys.
“Very good tone,” he said. It sounded pleasant.

‘Win With Wilson’ Election Buttons

A handful of election buttons of another era were among the many items brought out. Some read “Win With Wilson,” others: “Vote No on Woman Suffrage.”
The Sanitation Dept. had hoped to move some of its trucks into the street and cart away the useless rubbish which will not be moved by the Cirker firm. However, another City department suddenly turned up to complicate the situation. West 128th St., which flanks the downtown side of the building, has been torn up for some time. Yesterday a steam shovel moved in prepared to rip the roadway and widen it. This will probably hold up the Sanitation Dept. plans.”

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PM, March 16, 1947

Photo by the great Morris Engel; his archive is here…

In March 1947, “PM’s darkroom force” consisted of: Alex Fraser, Gus Rickarby, Marty Kunkel, Tim Hoffmann…

The Camera Eye

By Ed McCarthy
PM’s Picture Editor

PMers Cook Up New Developer…

We’ve got a developer here at PM called Algumati. First time I saw it labeled on the crocks in our darkroom, I was impressed. It looked Latin and very scientific. It fooled me completely. For, actually, the name was coined right here on the premises from the first two letter of the names of our darkroom technicians – Alex Fraser,Gus Rickarby, Marty Kunkel and Tim Hoffmann -the four men who cooked up the recipe for this soup.
For a year now, Algumati has been a real PM exclusive. But I have succeeded in worming the formula from its inventors, and they have consented to let it be passed on to any of you who would like to whip up a batch.
Here’s how:
First mix 190 grains metal (developing agent), four ounce sodium sulphite (preservative) in three-quarters of a quart of water at 125 F. Pour into gallon jug. Next, mix 130 grains glycin (developing agent), two ounces kodalk (accelerator) and 22 grains potassium bromide (restrainer) in three-quarters of quart of water at 125 F. Pour this into jug with first mixture and add two and a half quarts o cold water t0_ make full gallon.

Use full strength

This formula was evolved to get the best out of certain contrasty emulsions. It is not intended for all types and makes of film. We use it to process Super XX and Panatomic X. We find it eliminates harshness in highlights, brings out details in shadows and gives full gradation of tones throughout.
Tim Hoffman, spokesman for the Algumati copyright owners, advises that this soup should be used full strength. The average development time (in tank) is about eight minutes at 70 F. Close-up flashes develop in about six minutes at the same temperature. Algumati is effective at temperatures ranging to 75 F. That makes it a swell developer for summer use.
During development, says Tim, the film should be agitated six to eight times for best results. He believes agitation is especially important in the first two minutes of development. That goes not only for Algumati, but any developer.

190 grains metol
4 oz. sodium sulphite
3/4 qt. water
130 grains glycin
2 oz. kodalk
22 grains potassium bromide