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Royal Mail Stamp Camera, 1907-15

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Wood Cameras63 of 195Antique Oak Detective Camera, early 1890sPhotographers & Their Cameras - 1870s CDV with 4-lens American wetplate
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Posted 1 year ago

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rniederman
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I have a fascination with cameras capable of making many images on a single plate. The Royal Mail Stamp Camera (W. Butcher & Sons, London, England) represents one of the simplest types. It's nothing more than a beautifully polished, mahogany box with fifteen lenses, an internal septum to separate the images, and spring mounted metal plate shutter.

The novelty of the Royal Mail Stamp Camera is the ability to produce fifteen tiny images on small 3-1/4" x 4-1/4" dry plates or film. The resulting 3/4" x 7/8" pictures are much smaller than CDVs; about the size of postage stamps (hence the name).

To achieve this, an internal septum creates individual dark chambers for each image as shown in the image above. By the time the Royal Mail Stamp Camera was discontinued, interchangeable fronts and a specialized baseboard & easel for the copy camera version were offered allowing it to copy a single image into stamp sized pictures.

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  1. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, blunderbuss2!
  2. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, cogito!
  3. ericevans2 ericevans2, 1 year ago
    Where did you find that Rob? They are much rarer than hens' teeth!
  4. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, mustangtony!
  5. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Eric ... I acquired the camera in 2004 from a Westlight auction and it is authenticated as an original.
  6. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, officialfuel!
  7. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    GREAT Camera!

    scott
  8. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    I'll let you know when I find a period image of the camera!

    scott
  9. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, pw-collector!
  10. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Scott ... I trust if anyone can find a period image with the camera, you can! Actually, one of the most coveted items to find are actual stamp images created by the Royal Mail ... a couple are known.
  11. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Designer!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, trukn20!
  13. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, toolate2!
  14. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, shughs!
  15. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, f64imager!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks Chevelleman69 and Longings!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, sanhardin!
  18. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks Sean and mtg75!
  19. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, gargoylecollector!
  20. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, walksoftly!
  21. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, vetraio50!
  22. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, lisa!
  23. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, dirrtydavve!
  24. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, trunkman!
  25. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, AntigueToys!
  26. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, petey!
  27. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Phil!
  28. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, sugargirl!
  29. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, sanhardin!
  30. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, leighannrn!
  31. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Sean!
  32. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    your very welcome Rob:)
  33. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    Actually Sean ... thanks for all of your 'loves' and glad to have you hanging out on CW.
  34. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    Thanks, tom61375!
  35. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    Thanks, Perry!
  36. rniederman rniederman, 4 months ago
    Thanks, aghcollect!

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