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Johnson No. 1 Printing Outfit

c. 1949

Johnsons of Hendon Ltd



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Comprises: 2 quarter-plate xylonite dishes, Plastic Printing Frame, See-Thru Masks, 4 oz Measure, Thermometer, 2 Plastic clips, 2 Celluloid forceps, Portable Darkroom Lamp, 100 cc Azol, M-Q Developer Packet, 250 grm Acid Hypo.

The Azol fixer is missing in this example.

Johnson No. 4 Developing and Printing Outfit

c. 1949

Johnsons of Hendon Ltd



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Comprises: Exactum contact printer, See-Thru Masks, J-20 Developing Tank, 2 10 oz graduated measures, 2 quarter-plate dishes, Thermometer, 2 Plastic Clips, 2 Spikit Clips, 2 Celluloid Forceps, Print Paddle, 2 Glass Stirring Rods, Water Circulator, Tin of Fine Grain Developer, 8 oz Universal Developer, 100 cc Azol, 250 grm Acid Hypo.

A note with this example says that wooden clips have been substituted. The measuring cylinders are the later plastic type.

The J-20 Developing Tank was introduced in 1946, by 1951 it had been improved by changing the method of agitation by fitting the central core with a spring to give both rotary and vertical movement.

The Exactum Contact Printer included a safelight. A special mask was available for printing from 35 mm film strips.

This example has the improved J-20 Developing Tank and the later type of plastic measures.

Johnsons produced sets of darkroom chemicals and accessories to promote developing and printing especially amongst beginners. The junior outfit may have been introduced after the others.

  • Junior Printing Outfit
  • No. 1 Printing Outfit
  • No. 2 Printing Outfit
  • No. 3 Developing Outfit
  • No. 4 Developing and printing Outfit
  • No. 5 Print Drying and Glazing Outfit

References & Notes:
Johnson Cat 1954, p. 48. BJA 1950, pp. 64, 192. BJA 1947, p. 173, J-20. BJA 1951, pp. 51, 196, J-20. BJA 1950, p. 194, Exactum.

Johnson Junior Printing Pack

c. 1956

Johnsons of Hendon Ltd



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Comprises: 2 5" x 4" dishes, orange and black; 2 Forceps; Plastic Print Frame; 3 masks; 2 MQ developers; 2 Fixing powders; 25 sheets of Contact Paper; Instructions.

The dishes are marked for the correct volume of solution, a separate measure was not needed.

The developing powder and contact paper are missing.

References & Notes:
BJA 1957, p. 255.

Company Details:

Johnsons of Hendon

Darkroom Equipment

Darkroom Lamps



Developing - Plate Tanks

Developing - Roll-Film Tanks

Fixing, Washing & Measures

Watkins Calculator

Timers & Clocks

Retouching Equipment

Print Meters

Print Meters - Electric

Focus Finders & Magnifiers

Enlargers - Box Form


Contact Printers

Vignettes & Masks

Printing and Masking Frames

Transposing Frames, Printers


Print Trimming & Glazing

Print Mounting


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