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1888 Reference for Ideal Wood Field Camera (Rochester Optical Company)

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Wood Cameras127 of 275Chase Folding Magazine Camera – c.1899Help in identifying camera in this cabinet card
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    Posted 8 years ago

    rniederman
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    For Scott ... this is a scan of an 1888 catalogue reference for the Ideal camera that appears in your latest posting. The specific camera is shown in Fig 1. The style reference is mentioned in the last paragraph: "Sizes up to 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 are made same as Fig 1 ..." Assuming this is the whole-plate camera in your image, it was advertised for $28 (single swing model). Also note that this reference mentions Honduras mahogany instead of Cuban mahogany noted in my 1886 listing.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for helping me out rob!

      Ad mentions "price includes one English book holder"-- is that the wood frame that holds the plate?

      scott
    2. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Scott ... yes. It actually holds two plates. It is called a "English" because it opens like a book to load the plates. This is a unique design first created by English builders and occasionally adopted by some American companies.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks rob-- you are the man! I owe you one for all of your help with this.

      scott
    4. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      No worries Scott ... happy to help.
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      very nice !!!!
    6. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Sean and Eric!
    7. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, f64imager!
    8. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, aghcollect!

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