Back in my darkroom days (this phrase has come to seem like "back in my blacksmithing days"), I measured wealth in paper. When times were tough I had very little paper, and made tiny prints, and "spent" what paper I had cautiously and carefully. When I was flush, I bought paper. Printed profligately. Made big prints (7x10.5 inch images on 11x14 paper—which seems funny now, to call that "big"). The aroma of fresh photo paper was redolent of prosperity.
For those printsmiths still among us, the Harman Technology Ltd. crew in Mobberley (just as the other splinter of the old company, the one that makes inkjet paper in Switzerland, slides into insolvency) has introduced two bonafide new photo papers: Ilford Multigrade FB Classic and Ilford FB Cooltone.
I no longer measure wealth in paper, but for printmakers, these are riches!
(Thanks to Oren Grad and Steve Greenwood)
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Tim: "Oooh new paper. I guess I must be some particularly strange type of dinosaur in that I still shoot film and was at one time a blacksmith."
Earl Dunbar: "I am SO bummed that someone said 'Oooh' before me! And I'm still bummed that I didn't lay in a stock of Ilfomar when it was discontinued. The owner of my 'pusher establishment' (Stan C. Reed, London, ON) told me I should, but I was really poor at the time and didn't have the heart to sell my soul. What a mistake. But now there is new hope, so thanks, Harman."
Mike replies: It's never a mistake to not sell your soul. So have a clear heart.