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American Stereo Wetplate Camera by John Stock - late 1860s

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Antique Multi-Lens Cameras15 of 18Celebrating Early Stereo Roll film Cameras – the Kodak No.2 Stereo Brownie1860s Carte de Visite Studio Camera
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Since there are a lot of stereoviews being shown, I thought everyone might like to see the style of camera photographers used to make these types of pictures.

    This is a late 1860s field camera made by John Stock in the American Optical Company's factory. It is an earlier American camera of a heavier design that made images using the wet collodion process. The plate format is 5" x 8" whereby two images would be exposed at the same time.

    American wet plate stereo field cameras are rare. By the mid-1870s, these cameras became less 'robust' because a dry plate process could be used (no messy chemistry to prepare in the field) and stereo photography became more easily accessible because it was simpler. By the turn of the century, rollfilm based stereo cameras were common.


    1. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 7 years ago
      Very nice and in outstanding condition Hardbrake
    2. ericevans2 ericevans2, 7 years ago
      A rare American beauty. No way you could mistake her for an English one of the same period.
    3. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks Hardbrake, Eric, and Phil!
    4. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, walksoftly!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks Chevelleman69, AntigueToys, and Designer!
    6. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks chrissylovescats, egreeley1976, and leighannrn!
    7. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    8. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Scott!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, mustangtony!
    10. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, farmlady!

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