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H15563.1 CH classification PHOTOGRAPHY Cameras Still plate

Department

  • Cultures and Histories

Brief description

  • Lens with built-in iris, no shutter. Wooden body, red leather bellows (insect damaged). Neg size 3" x 4". Tripod Mount and Tripod

Subject Notes

  • J. Lancaster & Son was a renowned Birmingham-based camera maker of the 1880s and 1890s, specialising in wooden view cameras and associated lenses and equipment for smaller plate cameras like this one. View cameras, also known as field cameras because of their portability, utilised a folding bellows feature that created a light-sealed space between the lens and the plate holder/viewfinder apparatus. With the addition of a backcloth to protect the plate negative from daylight, view cameras allowed photographers to work outdoors.

Details

  • Registration number: H15563.1
  • Classification: CH classification PHOTOGRAPHY Cameras Still plate
  • Name or title: Lancaster Instantograph Camera
  • Production place: Birmingham/England
  • Production date: Circa 1891
  • History and use: J. Lancaster & Son was a renowned Birmingham-based camera maker of the 1880s and 1890s, specialising in wooden view cameras and associated lenses and equipment for smaller plate cameras like this one. View cameras, also known as field cameras because of their portability, utilised a folding bellows feature that created a light-sealed space between the lens and the plate holder/viewfinder apparatus. With the addition of a backcloth to protect the plate negative from daylight, view cameras allowed photographers to work outdoors.
  • State / province: Birmingham
  • Country: England

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