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08-14-2004, 04:11 PM
I was excited to find the Antiques and Collecting forum.
Does anyone on APUG have any interest in Wood and Brass cameras?

Here is one that I'm trying to identify. I've come close but I have not been able to find verification (catalog pics, article, other reference). I thought it was Scovill but I'm not sure.



08-14-2004, 05:53 PM
I love antique cameras. I recently sold my 8x10 ROC Carlton from 1892 cause i needed instant cash for rent :(

have you checked www.historiccamera.com ? maybe you can find something there..

Robert Kennedy
08-14-2004, 08:52 PM
How does that thing work? I mean the CoC must be well....


08-14-2004, 09:21 PM
That looks like an interesting camera. Like it can take 4 images at once like those little cheap plastic cameras you can buy to analyze your golf swing but much bigger.

I found another interesting camera on ebay, I am tempted to bid on it myself but it looks like a big heavy monster. It says it is an old tri-color camera. I guess if anyone is making tricolor gum prints this would be a nice timesaver.


Joe Lipka
08-15-2004, 07:51 AM
Looks like a camera for making carte de visites. They were quite the rage in the late nineteenth century. A calling card with the visitor's portrait. When you went visiting you dropped one off at your host's house. Usually kept in albums.

08-18-2004, 08:05 PM
Cool forum. I like old wood and brass cameras too, along with other old things that still work or are interesting.

08-18-2004, 08:18 PM
There were a few models called "Penny Picture" and there are some collectors generically calling these type cameras penny picture cameras.

Here is a back view of the camera. As you can see the back is designed to shift vertical and horizontal. Using a single lens. this allows the photographer to take 6, 8, 12, or 24 separate pictures on the same 5"x7" plate. The 4-tube lens set on front will give you four identical pictures on a single plate.


08-19-2004, 02:05 AM
Good Morning,

Back in the 1970's, the local portrait/studio photographer would come to our high school each fall to do the student pictures. I don't know the specific kind of camera he used, but I do know that he used 5 x 7 film and a shifting back similar to that shown in Photographica's last post. We had an enrollment of around 500-550 students at the time, so he would have needed a couple of dozen sheets (assuming 24 shots per sheet) for the whole job. He probably used hangers in dip and dunk tanks for the processing (maybe a dozen at a time) so the method he used is actually a rather efficient way to do the job. I just don't know how he had the concentration to avoid blanks and double-exposures!


08-19-2004, 04:57 AM
Good Morning,

I just don't know how he had the concentration to avoid blanks and double-exposures!


Right! I too am amazed at the their ability to effectively use these muti-imaging systems. From what I have read, they were quite efficient.

Your 1970's account is the latest I have heard of anyone using multi-exposure backs. I have a few studio cameras with sliding backs for multiple exposures on 5x7 and 8x10 film -- these cameras are from the 1920's and 30's. I had a back for my Deardorff that supported at least two exposures on 5x7. You're the first of anyone I've talked to who has accounted any real use of these backs though.

01-25-2005, 11:45 PM

I found this thread from the link to my site. Thanks Deniz! I would have bought your ROC too, nice camera. I mainly collect the ROC line.

Photographica, Thats an awesome camera too! My guess is that it is an Anthony & Scovill "CLIMAX". Scovill & Adams used the white tags above the lens as yours has. It looks very similar to the climax model as shown in this 1906 catalog clipping. Advertised as being capable of making multiple images depending in the lens. It was packaged as a penny picture camea. hope this helps some.