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Wood Cameras179 of 207EXTREMELY RARE WILLIAMSON 35MM PROTOTYPE CAMERA1860s American 'Multiplying' Wet Plate Camera
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Posted 4 years ago

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Got this camera today from my son and daughter in law. An early Fathers day gift. I have never seen one like this. The guy they bought it from told them it was used to take school photos. When you open the side their is a roll of 35mm film around the spindles, which I didn't think the had 35mm at that time. The lens is an ILEX. only has a shutter release and a aperture settings. I'm hoping someone can give me more info on this camera.

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Glenn

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  1. Consfusedsearcher, 3 years ago
    Mr. Glenn, I have this father. This father of mine has a camera. This camera looks quite similar to you "no name" camera. This one is in far worse shape. But I can find nothing on it other than those pictures of your camera that looks like my fathers'. The only markings on this camera are the number 13 in two places and it has an old sticker that says it uses Kodak tri X film. It's lense is a Wollensak Rochester Rapid Rectilinear. It also has a Veeder-Root counter. I saw none of this in the description that you gave of your camera. You also stated that your lense in an ILEX. I suppose that the biggest question that I have is, does your camera have a random number next to where the counter should be or on the front of the camera below the lense and just above the base? If so... Well, I'm honestly not sure if it means anything. However, my current assumption (since you have the only camera remotely similar to my fathers that I've found) is that some company tried making a new camera and made at least 13 of them. It seems to me that this is all that is known about these two cameras. I could also be completely wrong though. But I think that you and I can crack this unsolved case. I've checked everywhere that my adolescent mind can think to check. All of said checking was to discover this cameras value. However, if these are possibly the last two, I would at least like to know who made it and what to call it. If anyone else has anything that could possibly give me any clues AT ALL as to what to call this. Please, by all means, do comment. I want this case cracked as badly as Mr. Glenn does.
  2. michaelhgilbert michaelhgilbert, 3 years ago
    Yes what you have is a document camera they were used in schools prisons and you could consider it a for runner of todays DMV cameras. There were quite a few companies that made these but were not made in huge numbers. Yes they used 35 mm motion picture film. I have seen many types but they are all very cool
  3. Consfusedsearcher, 2 years ago
    So, are these cameras at all rare? Is there any way to know for sure which companie made them?
  4. lexglenn lexglenn, 2 years ago
    Sorry I have not posted since the first post. I have so many forums and places I post to it hard to keep up with. I have read the comments and will look at the camera again to see what markings are there.

    Later
    Glenn

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