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:l~trPOs~orking in the ~t0 Produce a race photo Photo Service. , that day were as cantankerous to )~de by the newest of pre- "Fitz," as he is known to friends operate as the autos of that vil- i[~era~, developed express- in Vhe racing business, has been l~ge as compared to the present , :lk~ 'tYpe of work through producing photo finis:h pictures day models, said Fitz. "fbvresearch and experimen-for 25 years, and at twenty-twoWas Hand Operated race tracks throughout the Uni- Some of the early photo finish ~Y Photo finish operators ted States and Canada. operators utilized a huge flywheel _~e~L wa Twenty-five years ago, at Che that was turned with a crank ., nt to view the races now extinct, "Harve de Gras" inwhile the horses raced down the :E~..~anes, t vantage points at Maryland, was Fitz's initiation to stretch. The operator trmd to ,l~tnia s new Shenandoah this specialized business It was guess the exac,~ momen~ ~o engage ~!.~ east of Charles Town, also the first time a photo finish a clutch and set the camera m mo ~'~ .~ the photo ,finish camera was used to "officially" tion. But his ,guess was not al- L" me grandstand, determine the results of races ~n ways right. However, :the ground ~U Will have a birds-eye eastern United States. Other areas work for the present ,type of ph.o~. ~[~le~andoah Downs' mag- were experimenting, bu~t had not fimsn camera was s~ar~ea rrgn$ /~[~ant for the "Sport ofadopted the camera for official there. L~aere also you'll meet Ed use Even during the daily operation ~r~ck of Pitz~patrick The photo flmsh ca,meras o~ m those early years of eamer~ ! To Extend Best Wishes ! To NEWEST, BRIGI-ITEST TRACK IN AMERICA SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON ADVOCATE THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1959 7--A Fit At First Effort finished" as known then, all op- erators were constantly striving for a precision instrument ,to be relied on ,to deliver a quality pic- ture in the quickest possible time. High speed motion picture cam eras were tried, and the numerous obstacles to developing film at high tem~peratures were finally overcome. These cameras were ac- cepted as the best, and for a per- iod of ~ght or ten years were used extensively. The motion picture equipment was junked when placing judges and the public c ~lmnored for a cam era that would give a photo of ,the horse on the line each and every time when asked for. This was something the high s.peed camer- as were not doing, even though taking 240 frames or pictures per Second. The present day photo ~ftnish camera was developed ~rom a French patent dating back to World War I days, but its applica- tion then was to railroad cars-not horses. The modern idea is simple. In- stead of trying to make hundreds of individual photos as Che con- versional ,movie camera does, a single continous exposure is Harpers Ferry Free Press-Oct. 6, 1824: TAILORING-The subscriber in- forms the citizens of Harpers For ry, that he in,tends commencing ~the above business in a part of Mr. Button's house, and will be thankful for all favors in his line, which shall be done in the most YEAR HORSE OWNER 1919 Sir Barton J. K. L. Ross 1930 Gallant Fox Wllltam Wood- ward 1935 Oma:ha William Woodward 1937 War Admiral Samuel D. Riddle 1941 Whlraway Warren Wright 1943 Count Fleet Mrs. John Hertz 1946 Assaui`t R. J. Kleberg, Jr. 1948 Citation Warren Wright fasii~ionable manner ~t a short not .................................................... ice. -William Gaines N. B. He also obli~rates to fit complete at the first effort. Sept. 22, 1824. made. The area where the horse in question touches :the line. be it first or fourth, is enlarged and projected to the placing judge for their inspection. Using New Type Cameras Two of the new type cameras are ~o be used at Shenandoah Downs in conjunction with all other necessary photo finish equip merit, to give the public the best available in this phase of racing. Any who will venture to the roof-top of the .grandstand and join Fitz for a race or two may in- spect the photo finish laboratory Shenandoah Downs Has Own Power A sPecially constructed llne of the Potomac Light and Powel Company brings a charge of 34,500 volts to this important power sub-station on the northwest edge of the 137-acre Shenandoall Downs estate. Terminal facilities here include equipment to step- iown the high voltage to 4,160 volts. To produce the track and ~lant flluminatlon for America's most brilliantly lighted, night r thoroughbred track, Potomac Light and Power Company has It, and brought right to Shenandoah Downs' gateway. Reddy Kilo- watt is the invisible fellow who is to keep the electric daylight on tap from the opening night, Friday. May l, through July 11. things which h~ppen to a ,photo ,finish operator. One like the "lit- tle old lady" at ,the St. Louis track, who didn't like ~e result his ph(~to showed and decided to tell him so by using her umbrella on his head. Or mitybe the one about a hoT- ~, named Camp Cook, ,that fell his knees and slid across the llne first-but did not win. and get a story of some of his ex- periences. Fltz can relate a: number of he descended a ladder that was his Or the time when, because a tornado at a western track was rocking the ,photo room so violent ly Pitz decided to leave for safer parts, only to find himself flap- ping like a flag on a pole, when only exit. The one Fitz likes best is the story of the trash ,'box ,f,M1 of waste nitrate film ,that was accidentally set'afire just at the moment he was trying to photograph ,the fin- ish of a race. To the layman, the equipment Fitz uses at Shenandoah Downs is quite complicated, but the voter- an phoographer makes it look easy. ,From the time the judge ask for a picture and until Chey view it on the projection screen, is less than a minute. And then within five minutes,~' after the offi- cial announcement, the public will see the same photo at four differ- en,t locations-two in the club = .... ,house and two in the grandstand. |,' 2I,~,~r~,,A hv D.ncan Hines Fitz also quoted some figures '~ "'~" ...... ~ "-" 6 Q lthat might be of interest to s,ta- |' A wonderful s ot to relax and rest R . K~tisticlans. In the years prior to |: : a- K ~ !-= ~ .. ~]photo finish cameras, dead heats L m,~ . ~ ~, ~ ~ ~[were as rare as three per year. O~e~ IF-]',,~T.~,~=T,= ~",T'T'V W VeT |[ ~ F ~ ~ ~ U~ ~ ~ [ NOW .the daily average throughout r- ....... - "'" -" m)x ramm |the Unt,ted Starves in one season ~ '..~Ir~1~~11 ' E~'I T~'~][ ~f~'~'lJL ~ | is three. [~ ~ ~ EJI Ifl'~~ ~| The avarage daily program will "'~ I]~ ~' IIVv~ v -- A]have five photos, and the majority ' " I~ w -- ~|of them will be for place position. XI I Red Chinaa gradually loosens So Turbine engine may lift helicop ter sales. .... Dodge -. Plymouth .... Modern and Complete Repair Shop ,~ .:~v~ ~ tcc Felephone 22~ ',WIT )F JEF~'~,,SON - AD, TO CHARLES TOWN'S NEW AND MODERN RACE TRACK. --- Veterin'ary Supplies --- PHONE 780 CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. i i ii i jnl ii ilnn iii I I iin i i i ii ii i i /it iii il I I i ii i i .... AND .... in i - J iiih " ~ I " li I nl nUll TO - PHONE 71 CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 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