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Sunflower Multiplying Camera, c.1903

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Posted 2 years ago

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Those who know me understand my passion for seeking out really odd, early camera designs; and the Sunflower (yep ... that's the name) fits in rather nicely. After 1900, a myriad of multiplying cameras were available to photographers; specialized apparatus able to cost effectively produce two or more images on a single photographic plate. Designs varied.

The Sunflower Multiplying Camera (patented in 1901) has a striking design and innovative features. The camera was made and sold by Jas. H. Smith & Company, a company that grew into the well known Smith-Victor Corporation, manufacturers of photographic lighting.

The actual years of production are not known, but a 1903 advertisement proclaims the camera as "Positively Unequalled" and built for making 6, 8, 12, 18, 24, or 36 small negatives on a single 5 x 7 inch plate. At this time, I am aware of two other examples of this elusive camera.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Love it rob!

    scott
  2. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Scott!
  3. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Sean!
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I really like the "transforming" appearance, which is probably why it looks so strange !~
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Very ingenious, love it!
  6. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks mustangtony and bratjdd!
  7. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Phil ... I like your observation about 'transforming'.
  8. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Eric!
  9. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, walksoftly!
  10. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Bootson!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, michaeln544!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, shughs!
  13. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, miKKo!
  14. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Longings!
  15. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks mtg75 and leighannrn!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks Sean and Chevelleman69!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Designer!
  18. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Hardbrake!
  19. Signaholic Signaholic, 12 months ago
    Very cool Sunflower Rob! Hey, I have a question. I bought an older EastmanKodak no. 1 tripod with the black leather case, over the weekend. Tripod is black. My question is, what camera/cameras was this made for? If you need a picture, here it is.
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/102122-eastman-kodak-1-b-tripod-with-leather-c
  20. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
    Thanks, f64imager!
  21. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    Thanks, officialfuel and Perry!
  22. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    Thanks, chrissylovescats!
  23. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    Thanks, catteann!
  24. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, trukn20!
  25. rniederman rniederman, 8 months ago
    Thanks, pops52!
  26. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Thanks, farmlady!

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