Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Early Glassware Container for Collodion Photographic Chemistry

In Cameras > Camera Accessories > Show & Tell and Bottles > Show & Tell.
Cameras526 of 1047Restored Powers CameragraphMore Vintage Kodak Covers
Love it
Like it

austrohungaroaustrohungaro loves this.
walksoftlywalksoftly loves this.
f64imagerf64imager loves this.
RadegunderRadegunder loves this.
aghcollectaghcollect loves this.
tom61375tom61375 loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
officialfuelofficialfuel loves this.
bratjddbratjdd loves this.
HardbrakeHardbrake loves this.
AmberRoseAmberRose loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
See 10 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 3 years ago


(216 items)

This is a mid-1870s bottle that held collodion photographic chemistry (the stuff is really caustic and noxious). The bottle advertises Phenix plates which were very popular at the time.

Before 'dry' photographic processes became popular in the late 1870s, it was all 'wet' photography. Photographic emulsions coating plates had to be mixed ahead of time for each picture, used while in a liquid state and developed before drying. It was a race against time and cameras of this era typically have collodion stains (considered a badge of honor) on the wood where the stuff dripped out of the plate holders and from photographers' hands.

As photography moved into the 'dry' period (plates could be prepped ahead of time and used 'dry' in the field), there was no need to keep these stout, heavy bottles. Sadly, very few have survived.


  1. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks vetraio50 and BELLIN68! And yes, the design is nice. I like the imperfection whereby it leans a little bit. There's another collodion bottle design that is just as interesting but I'm not aware of an example in any collection.
  2. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks AmberRose and Phil!
  3. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Hardbrake!
  4. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, bratjdd!
  5. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, officialfuel!
  6. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, tom61375!
  7. tom61375, 2 years ago
    You are very welcome!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, aghcollect!
  9. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Radegunder!
  10. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
    Thanks, f64imager!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    Thanks, David!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 8 months ago
    Thanks, austrohungaro!

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.