Nineteenth Century Cameras, Artifact of the Month for August 2011
August 01, 2011
Nineteenth Century Cameras
The smaller of the two cameras, made by the Century E.K. Company, has a wooden tripod stand with a metal crank that raises and lowers the camera. The camera box bellows is made of metal and wood. The larger camera, made by Victory Company, has a camera bellows that is much larger and sits on a solid wood flat bed. Both cameras are equipped with Wollensak-Rochester brass portrait lenses. Since American view cameras were made for a relatively brief period, they are fairly scarce in number. The companies listed above were leaders in camera production from the mid-nineteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth century.
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