Posted 6 months ago
In the 1880s a biologist from Holland worked in West Africa. He obtained about 50 images. Some were published in 1890. Many of his glass plates were destroyed in a cargo accident returning to Europe. The photographic apparatus was borrowed from an affluent citizen in Amsterdam. We have a letter of appreciation to the lender, to whom he sent a set of the obtained prints. The apparatus is never named or described. In examining one of the photos, we believe that the camera captured its own image in a mirror. What do you think? Can anyone recognize this device? The mirror shows a window frame, the back of a clock figurine, a rattan chair back and a rectangular box. If you enlarge the image, you may even suspect that a faint image of a round lens is visible. The book associated with this work was just translated into English from German and is at the following Google link. Thanks for any ideas about determining the nature of the camera.
See other photos in this series at: http://uk.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/Idaman_Group/message/53956
but don't rely on the captions translations, some of which are flawed.
Phillip Robinson, Co-Author of Travel Sketches from Liberia
University of Toledo