Historical sizes?

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  1. winger

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    In the early 1900's, were there typical sizes for glass negs? I have no idea what camera he used (I have a few of his later cameras), but my great-grandfather (I believe) took a picture of my grandmother as a baby sitting on someone's lap and the negative is 3 1/4" by 5 1/2". There are also other negs (different subjects and ages) that are smaller. The size just seems odd to me.
     
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    hi bethe

    3.25x5.5 is post card format.
    there were plates that size, and later roll film ( 122 )
    was sold that format. the cameras like the premo 3A, autographic 3A, and graflex 3A
    all took that size photograph ... its a fun format :smile:


    i started to type something about the other sizes / plate sizes but realize this website
    says it better than i ever could ..

    http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/1_early/1_early_photography_-_sizes.htm

    have fun !
    john
     
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    There's an excellent Wikipedia page on plate sizes, there were so many permutations.

    If you order enough Ilford will cut film for any of them :D

    Ian
     
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    I need the camera first. And, NO, I don't need another camera.
     
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    Aw, come on, Bethe... You always need another camera!
     
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    Says one of the enablers! :smile: And, yes, I still use that folder I got at one of the PHSNE shows.

    After looking through those links, it seems like almost any size went. I know with glass negs, the main option was contact prints, so whatever size print someone wanted would have to exist in the neg. But, wow, what a variety of sizes.
    I'm sure if another camera had been found, my parents would have told me. I have my ggf's RB Auto graflex (shutter curtain doesn't work) and two Leicas (not special ones, but one is usable).