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    Posted 9 years ago

    ericevans2
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    Houghtons | Tropical Victo | 1914 | English Tropical Camera | Half Plate.
    Catalogue No. 0206.
    This up market Tropical version of the Triple Victo is Teak instead of Mahogany, with brass-pinned tongue and grooved corner joints and varnished leather bellows, attached with brass plates to their anchor points, to resist hot wet conditions. In a 1915 Houghton's price list, the Standard Triple Victo cost £12-2s-6d, the Tropical Victo cost £13-5s-0d. One wonders who bought them; these prices represent between £2,800 and £3,500 at today's rates. In 1915, the UK average wage across all
    social groups, as far as I can determine, was £5 per week; a farm worker at the time earned £0-16s-9d weekly. At prices 10 to 15 times his weekly wage, I guess not many agricultural workers were buying Victos, Tropical or otherwise.

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    1. ericevans2 ericevans2, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the "Loves". I love them all.

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