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Discussion in 'Antiques and Collecting' started by Mosca, Mar 5, 2009.
the picture is of Charles Terwilliger, who had a studio in Philadelphia.
Well it sure doesn't have an f/1.4 lens. HA!
The gear is a typical 19th century studio stand and portrait camera (of the kind which stayed in use for a very long time - I had my first passport picture taken with one of these cameras in 1961). The camera is a typical wooden type, the format looks like 10x12" or so, obviously fitted with behind-the-lens pneumatically-operated shutter (Packard, etc.). The lens has an unusually long barrel and may well be of Petzval type - again, these remained in use in portrait studios for a very long time. Numerous manufacturers offered this kind of camera (as I said, it was the standard kit for portraits for the first 100 years of photography). Strangely, there are very few around today - they seem to have become obsolete at a time when there was no interest in old cameras (1960s to 70s) and so many were thrown out. At a guess, your picture is roughly from the last quarter of the 19th century, but for the reasons stated, it's hard to be sure. Maybe some APUGer has one and can tell you for sure!
Looks like a Century, but all the studio cameras look similar. Check against the models here:
Oh! The camera humor is fantastic! fantastically dorky, but whatever....this is APUG