1921 My Most Exciting Camera Adventure
Miss Olive Edis in Photographing soap bubbles four years old of Sir James Dewar
The Unprecedented Experience of Miss Olive Edis in Photographing Soap Bubbles Four Years Old in the Den of a Famous Scientist
The Atlanta Constitution, GA. January 16, 1921
“Steady now! We can't afford to lose this beauty. I have treasured it for four years.
It is the oldest soap bubble in the world!"
Sir James Dewar, the distinguished British scientist, was speaking. And as he spoke he revealed to the US– and the appreciative eye of a young woman, armed with a camera, a gorgeously colored soap bubble, lazily suspended in space with in the glass walls of a carefully sealed vacuum cabinet.
The research work of this famous chemist in the field of liquid oxygen, let him some years ago to construct a somewhat similar vacuum jacketed vessel in which to store liquid air under atmospheric pressure during the long intervals, thus making it a cooling agent. That invention marked the beginning of the familiar thermos bottle of today.
Sir. James, however, has other interests besides thermos bottles. He was the joint inventor with Sir Frederick of cordite, A smokeless powder tremendous explosive Energy. But, is one particular hobby is blowing soap bubbles high quality colored globules which if they happen to be no special beauty, he allows to float away burst. But that sometimes happens, the famous scientist blows a bubble which he considers worth saving, why then of course he keeps it. He frames it in a glass case like a treasured something or priceless relic, To be admired and studied four months even years afterwards.
Very recently surging permitted the woman with the camera to invade his laboratory in London and make Photo-chrome's by the Luminaire process of color photography of some of his oldest and most precious bubbles. He keeps those bubbles in the vacuum cases under conditions which, surgeons declares, may preserve them for an indefinite length of time.
The woman thoughts honored was miss Olive Edia, And expert color photographer upon whom the British government recently conferred the much coveted F.R.P.S., which, being interpreted means that she has been admitted to fellowship of the Royal photographic society.
"For 10 years I have been making a special study of color photography, but my experience in Prof. Dewar’s laboratory was the most exciting camera adventure I ever had., Declared miss Edis a few days ago in New York. She has been appointed official Color photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, And one of her duties as such, includes traveling all over western Canada, and through the wildest parts of the Rockies, making photographic reproductions of the prairies, mountains, canyons, Waterfalls takes in all their natural colors.
"Sir James Dewar,” said Miss Edis, “has mastered the art of producing soap bubbles that are permanent. That may sound queer, for naturally you Connect the idea of a soap bubble with something ephemeral, perishable one moment it is and iridescent beauty floating in the breeze and the next moment it has burst vanished. Sir James has discovered that by producing the bubbles in pure air in the air proof chamber, the life of the bubbles may be prolonged not only four hours, but for years period
"As the bubble grows older its colors become more ravishingly beautiful. Think what a benefactor to humanity is a man can extend the life of pure beauty like that! And if a bubble is anything save your wonderful, what is it?
"in my quest for the unusual and exquisite in color, I came upon this mass of bubbles. He permitted me to photograph the patriarch of them all –the venerable sphere of nothing surrounded by soap, Aged four years. The exquisite blending of colors cost by the luminaire –autochrome plate is this thing of such poignant beauty that it makes one gasp to realize that it is only a photograph."
One bubble, fortunately not the patriarch, burst just at the very instant it was to be photographed. The effect of that silent explosion could not have been greater, Miss Edis explained, if a dynamite bomb Head burst right alongside her camera. For the moment it seemed as though something dreadful catastrophe has occurred. It was hard to believe that only a soap bubble burst.
Miss Edis has photographed wild animals, Including bears, in the Canadian Rockies. She has taken pictures of landslides and snow slides. Among others who have posed for her are the queen of Spain, the Prince of Wales and his sister, Princess Mary.
But, she declares, the only time she felt the least bit excited about her work was during the tense experiment when she was making photographs of Sir James Dewar’s priceless bubbles.