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Blair Special Folding Hawk-eye, c.1896

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Posted 2 years ago

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rniederman
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In contrast to my last post of an attractive 5x7 inch format, ebony finished American self-casing camera, this 5x7 model made by the Blair Camera Company (Boston, Mass.) represents the classic style collectors normally find; nicely polished mahogany wood interior, deep maroon leather bellows, and lacquered brass hardware.

This body style, known by collectors as a self-casing pattern, is a unique American creation started in 1890 by Kodak. The self-casing body pattern proved to be quite popular and was copied widely by numerous American and European makers. All-in-all, this style of amateur glass plate camera dominated 1890s U.S. sales until supplanted by simpler, less expensive roll film cameras.

For some reason, this particular camera by Blair is extremely rare which baffles me given public acceptance of the style. The Blair Camera Company was a successful operation yet it was their roll film cameras from the late 1890s to early 1900s that dominated their attention.

In 1896, the 5x7 inch Blair Special Folding Hawk-eye sold for $50 with the higher grade B. & L. iris diaphragm shutter shown here. That’s about $1,360 in 2012 currency!

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

    scott
  2. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Sean!!! Always great to have you stop by.
  3. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Scott ... and if you were wondering ... yep ... I purchased the pricey CDV image of the photographer posed with the 1870s wet plate, 4-tube camera. Thanks for letting me know about it ... the image arrived today and it's really quite nice. Although a bit costly, it was simply a 'must have' to go with my matching camera.
  4. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Great rob-- I am glad that you got it!

    It was retail, but todays retail is still reasonable. It would have been twice that 7- 10 years ago.

    When buying for my collection, I don't mind buying at retail prices either.

    scott
  5. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, pops52!
  6. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, officialfuel!
  7. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, blunderbuss2!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks Phil, walksoftly, and mustangtony!
  9. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks trukn20 and michaeln544!
  10. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks chrissylovescats and egreeley1976!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks Ericocon and sugargirl!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks mtg75 and f64imager!
  13. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, sanhardin!
  14. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, kygurl32!
  15. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, DCB!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, smsorensen27!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, chevy59!
  18. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Sean!
  19. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    your welcome on all of them rob:)
  20. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Brett!
  21. rniederman rniederman, 19 days ago
    Thanks, aghcollect and Perry!

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