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Wood Cameras64 of 195Royal Mail Stamp Camera, 1907-15Blair Special Folding Hawk-eye, c.1896
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Posted 1 year ago

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rniederman
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As a collector of really early photographic apparatus, I search intently for pictures of photographers and their cameras, but more pointedly, images with cameras in my collection are desired. Early pictures of photographers and their cameras are hard to find, and I owe Scott (scottvez) many thanks for pointing out this albumen CDV on eBay. Okay ... it was one of those tough decisions ... retail price vs. something rare that hits the core of my collecting. (Collecting won out.)

The camera appearing in this CDV was made by the American Optical Company or Scovill Manufacturing; yet it’s interesting to note that in the 1870s American Optical was a division of Scovill Mfg. So the maker isn’t all that mysterious. The CDV itself was found with other images in an 1877 dated album.

From a camera collecting point of view, the 4-tube camera shown in this CDV is highly coveted and appears to be the 5 x 5 inch version of my 5 x7 inch model. So it’s great to now have a matching image.

One other interesting item of note about the cloth held by the photographer; it probably served two purposes. First, it was a 'dark cloth' to view faint images on the ground glass. Its second purpose was likely to serve as a shutter. After composing the image and loading a wet plate, the cloth would be draped over the lenses, removed briefly, and replaced to make an exposure.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    I love photographers with their camera!

    Now it is your turn to return the favor and find me some trench art!

    scott
  2. ericevans2 ericevans2, 1 year ago
    The price is only money, Rob. The image is for life!
  3. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks blunderbuss2 and mustangtony!
  4. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Scott! ... I'll look for trench art yet, although I've been reading your posts, there is so much to learn.
  5. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks Eric and valentino97!
  6. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, vetraio50!
  7. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, walksoftly!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    To accompany the CDV, I added a picture of my larger model of the same 1870s 4-tube wet plate camera. Now to find the matching wooden stand!
  9. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, AmberRose!
  10. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks Manikin and nldionne!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, officialfuel!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks Sean and f64imager!
  13. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, mtg75!
  14. gluepot gluepot, 1 year ago
    A wonderful example linking photographer with camera - a very lucky find, and your suggestion that the price reached required some tough decision-making doesn't surprise me. Can I assume that this particular camera would have been used to produce 4 CDV-sized images on a suitable glass plate?
  15. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the note, gluepot! And yes, this camera could produce four (4) CDV sized images with the correct mask in the back.
  16. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, MichiganMillsJr!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Brett!
  18. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Sean!
  19. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, gargoylecollector!
  20. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Moonstonelover21!
  21. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Phil!
  22. rniederman rniederman, 9 months ago
    Thanks, vanskyock24!

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