Since the announcement of the first commercial photographic process in January 1839, cameras have played an important part in the recording of history and culture. ASince the announcement of the first commercial photographic process in January 1839, cameras have played an important part in the recording of history and culture. After 30+ years of collecting, I've acquired some of the world's rarest American wooden cameras and dug up their fascinating stories. Take a moment and tour these beautifully crafted cameras that are considered the grandfathers of digital photography. I specialize in pre-1900 wooden cameras - the earlier the better - and enjoy researching and documenting their history. I am always looking for early wood & brass cameras and ephemera, as well as meeting the next generation of camera collectors and sharing the lore and legacy of early apparatus! (Read more)


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Anthony Lilliput Camera Handbook Cover; a Digital Restoration - Camerasin Cameras
Anthony’s New Negative Collodion Bottle, 1860s to 80s (attributed dates) - Camerasin Cameras
Weller Wing Wooden Shutter, 1890s (the beauty of early camera shutters #4) - Camerasin Cameras
A Zephyr, a beautiful 1897 advertising gravure - Photographsin Photographs
Bausch & Lomb Stereo Shutter, 1898 (the beauty of early camera shutters #3) - Camerasin Cameras
Prosch Stereo Triplex Shutter, 1880s (the beauty of early camera shutters #2) - Camerasin Cameras
Prosch Triplex Shutter, 1880s (the beauty of early camera shutters) - Camerasin Cameras
E. & H.T. Anthony Patent Bijou Camera, c.1886 - Camerasin Cameras
“Champagne Charlie Galop by C.H.R. Marriott” - an early canvas - Posters and Printsin Posters and Prints
Anthony Victor, 1889 – c.1897 - Camerasin Cameras


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  3. This is a carrier to hold roll film. An individual image would be centered within the opening. Durst and other companies made different carriers for various film format sizes. Measuring the rectangula...
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  20. roaddog ... I updated the title of this post to consider 1880s (attributed). You've been very helpful and I have more thinking to do about the product itself.
  21. To anyone who is following this thread, here is roaddog's posting - terrific examples of photographic bottles: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/133952-e-anthony?in=activity
  22. Great bottles and love the colors.
  23. Thanks, roaddog ... great info.
  24. Sean ... thanks for the 'love.' George Eastman's first company was "The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company." The name of the firm pretty much sums up that they didn't get involved with collodion in a ...
  25. I’ve been told this particular label is somewhat obscure. The E. Anthony signature is definitely printed and, as you can see, the original paper is very fragile. It was fortunate it came off the bottl...
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  29. I just added an image of the original label. Maybe you have some thoughts about it. Thanks.
  30. Another good reference site is the "Internet Pinball Database" at: http://www.ipdb.org Otherwise a fun game.
  31. You have a nice collection. I especially like the really early bottles from 308 Broadway. When mentioning the “EA” logo (actually a trademark), I didn’t mean to imply it would appear in the glass but ...
  32. Hi roaddog, thanks for stopping by and the comment. I don’t know much about bottles but as background the collodion process pretty much ended in the early 1890s when dry plates took over the industry....
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