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Wood Cameras149 of 274Al-Vista 5-F Convertible Panoramic Camera, c.1901-1910Blair Reversible Back Camera with Patent Extension Back, 1880s – 90s
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    Posted 9 years ago

    ericevans2
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    It's early 1900s. Camera making is a cut-throat trade. Plates are going out, "Rollable Film" is coming in. Or is it? Will the public take to it? A number of photographers still swear that plates are better in every way. Polished mahogany is going out, black leather finish is coming in. Or is it? Many consider it vulgar. Woolleys hedge their bets; their Victoria camera has a roll-film back that comes off to make way for plates, if that's what the customer wants. There is leather AND mahogany, in case the customer can't decide which he likes best. The new Automat shutters from Bausch & Lomb actually obscure the trade-mark badge, but hey, if that's what the customer wants....
    What a strange idea, trying to fit the product to the customer, instead of telling the customer what he has to have.

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    1. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Nice camera, Eric. At one time I was going to collect these (what I call) convertible cameras. There were several American makers that also made this style of camera. Were there other U.K. makers that offered similar?
    2. ericevans2 ericevans2, 9 years ago
      Off the top of my head, Rob, the only British one I can recall is the "Ensign Flatback" as it became known. There were German and American ones bought in and re-badged by British retailers, but the manufacturing sector wasn't too active in that direction.
    3. ericevans2 ericevans2, 9 years ago
      Thanks to all "lovers" ! It's quite a rare camera.
    4. realthings realthings, 9 years ago
      Ooooo! Wonderful!
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      Thanks BELLIN68!
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      Thanks realthings!
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      Thanks Designer!
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      Thanks egreeley!
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      Thanks sugargirl!
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