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    Posted 9 years ago

    rniederman
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    Those who know me understand my passion for seeking out really odd, early camera designs; and the Sunflower (yep ... that's the name) fits in rather nicely. After 1900, a myriad of multiplying cameras were available to photographers; specialized apparatus able to cost effectively produce two or more images on a single photographic plate. Designs varied.

    The Sunflower Multiplying Camera (patented in 1901) has a striking design and innovative features. The camera was made and sold by Jas. H. Smith & Company, a company that grew into the well known Smith-Victor Corporation, manufacturers of photographic lighting.

    The actual years of production are not known, but a 1903 advertisement proclaims the camera as "Positively Unequalled" and built for making 6, 8, 12, 18, 24, or 36 small negatives on a single 5 x 7 inch plate. At this time, I am aware of two other examples of this elusive camera.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Love it rob!

      scott
    2. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Scott!
    3. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    4. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      Very ingenious, love it!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks mustangtony and bratjdd!
    6. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Phil ... I like your observation about 'transforming'.
    7. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Eric!
    8. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, walksoftly!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Bootson!
    10. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, michaeln544!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, shughs!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, miKKo!
    13. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Longings!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks mtg75 and leighannrn!
    15. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks Sean and Chevelleman69!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Designer!
    17. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Hardbrake!
    18. Signaholic Signaholic, 8 years ago
      Very cool Sunflower Rob! Hey, I have a question. I bought an older EastmanKodak no. 1 tripod with the black leather case, over the weekend. Tripod is black. My question is, what camera/cameras was this made for? If you need a picture, here it is.
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/102122-eastman-kodak-1-b-tripod-with-leather-c
    19. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, officialfuel and Perry!
    20. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, chrissylovescats!
    21. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, catteann!
    22. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, trukn20!
    23. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, pops52!
    24. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, farmlady!
    25. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Camera_turk!

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