In 1881 the Anthony firm began marketing a 4x5 inch camera outfit for only $10 in the national ad campaign “Dry Plate Photography for the Million.” I believe that this camera was the” Ne Plus Ultra Camera” shown in the 1883 catalogue: http://piercevaubel.com/cam/scovill/neaddd.htm and may well have been the first commercially produced 4x5 format camera. As shown in the catalogue, the Ne Plus Ultra was manufactured by “Scovill A & Co.” The Anthony firm merged with Scovill and Adams in 1902 and later became Ansco. For a historical background on the firm see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._%26_...ny_%26_Company
It could be questioned why we use rectangle and square frames at all. The picture produced by a lens is circular with fall off towards the edges. It is only our obsession with Euclidian geometry that makes us frame images the way we do.
you are right. the prints sent back from the first "kodak were round .. images look nice round
or with rounded corners, i think that is why for most of the photographic age there have been vignetted images ...
and oval frames
Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch
122 film was designed to make prints that were the same size as postcards.
yup, "3A" size
you can slide a barely trimmed piece of 5x7 paper in these cameras ( folder, slr &c )
and it makes a perfect image with a beautiful border on the sheet.