Posted 8 years ago
Here we go again. I’m posting another mysterious, extremely rare photographic accessory to ponder - can you guess what this odd, finely machined mechanical doohickey attached to the front of a lens does? I know of three. Two (including mine) are in private U.S. collections and a third in a Kodak museum in the U.K.
Take a close look at the construction. It's beautiful and in 100% original condition.
The key here is to figure out why this device was invented and sold. In other words, why would a photographer be interested in this? Guessing how the mechanics work (shouldn’t be difficult) will help.
Clue: It’s not a shutter nor is it meant to replace a shutter.
As with my previous ‘mystery accessory’ post, anyone who guesses correctly will have my admiration and that of your CW peers. And of course, this is identified. I have period advertising and an end flap of the original cardboard box.
PS: Wild comical speculation is encouraged! (You didn’t disappoint last time.)
It took less than a day for the CW crowd to figure this out. Pretty good! For those of you into 'spoilers', feel free to check out my overly detailed explanation (#46).