Posted 2 years ago
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.