August 11, 2022
Updated the E. Lorillon mahogany stereo plate camera page. Replaced old 640x480 pixel photos with newer shots. I plan to replace older photos as time permits.
August 5, 2022
Updated the Petal camera page with photos and a description of the octagonal version.
June 23, 2022
Updated the Bermpohl tri-color camera and the Patents pages.
June 23, 2022
Updated the Optikotechna Spektaretta tri-color camera page.
June 16, 2022
Added a contact print strip to the Expo Watch camera page that includes scenes of the construction of the trawler Manuel F. Roderick.
December 20, 2020
April 21, 2017
Made a few changes to the links page.
January 25, 2013
Added a page that illustrates how to assemble color separations in Photoshop.
December 11, 2012
Updated the wanted page.
August 9, 2012
Updated the links page.
October 27, 2010
Added an article I wrote about early color photographic expeditions and processes.
October 8, 2010
Added a page that describes Professor Dr. Miethe's Dreifarben-Camera, also known as the Miethe-Bermpohl three-color camera.
August 9, 2010
Added a page that describes a sliding tri-color filter holder, similar to the Leitz OMAG, but of unknown origin.
February 25, 2010
Added a link to a site describing the history of photography in Austria and Austrian photographic products.
February 24, 2010
Added photographs of Curtis Laboratories 2x3 inch and 4x5 inch Color Scout tri-color cameras and the Devin 6.5x9cm tri-color camera. See the Color Photographica section. Descriptive information to follow.
February 23, 2010
Updated the Indian Ned page.
February 17, 2010
Updated the Sliding Box Camera page.
February 3, 2010
Added a page with personal comments on hand-colored photographic prints.
January 26, 2010
Added a page that describes color separations and explains their importance in early professional color photography.
January 25, 2010
Added new Windows wallpaper images.
January 20, 2010.
Added a link to Half Pond Antiques.
December 28, 2009
Created a new section in the website: Color Photographica, and a page describing the Bermpohl one-shot three-color camera. As I have time I'll add pages describing other color cameras in the collection, along with examples of early color images and the processes that created them.
September 1, 2009
Added more links.
August 11, 2009
I started a history of color photography Internet discussion group. It's centered around the technical and artistic evolution of color photography, a subject that greatly interests me. All are welcome.
July 23, 2009
Added more links.
September 10, 2008
Added more links. More to go...
September 9, 2008
Added snapshots of my Devin and 9x12cm Bermpohl tri-color cameras. I'm developing descriptive pages for these and other color cameras in my collection.
July 2, 2008
Reworked the Links page. Added interesting new sites. More to follow soon.
March 26, 2008
Updated the Wanted page.
March 12, 2008
Updated the link to the Argus Collectors Group.
February 22, 2007
Added new Windows wallpaper images.
November 14, 2006
Added new Windows wallpaper images.
March 29, 2006
Added new photographs in wide-screen 1280x800 resolution to the Windows Wallpaper page. And yes, I hope to update the site with many more cameras and photographic collectibles in the near future. Lots of plans, short on time.
January 24, 2006
Added new Windows wallpaper images.
January 20, 2006
Added new >Windows wallpaper images.
December 24, 2005
I just learned of another film processing laboratory that specializes in processing out-dated and discontinued film types and sizes. The business is Process C-22, located in England. They accept orders from around the world. I placed a link to their website on the Ansco Film page.
May 28, 2005
Added another Web site link.
May 26, 2005
Added more Web site links.
May 12, 2005
Added a Kodak Girl advertising postcard, ca 1915. This was a direct-mail advertisement promoting Kodak postcard cameras and processing.
January 11, 2005
Added Josh Wiesner's The Early Image, and Karl Winkler's Karl Winkler Photography Web sites to the third links page.
January 5, 2005 ... Happy New Year!
Time to retire the Whatsit? section, at least for the present. It has been replaced with a new Help Wanted page where I ask for assistance with ongoing research into Curtis Laboratories, a manufacturer of three-color cameras, and its founder, Thomas S. Curtis.
December 6, 2004
Added new images to the Windows Wallpaper page.
November 10, 2004
Added a few new images to the Windows Wallpaper page.
September 9, 2004
Another update to the Ansco Film page with a link to a seller of modern, fresh film in sizes suitable for use in vintage and antique cameras.
August 15, 2004
Updated the Ansco Film page with links to a processor of expired, out-dated film and a seller of modern, fresh film in sizes suitable for use in vintage and antique cameras.
April 28, 2004
Added a photograph of a blue Vanity Kodak with non-matching gray bellows to the Vanity Kodak page. This camera is in the collection of Ryan Reuterskiold.
January 14, 2004
Added information about using vintage and antique Ansco cameras with modern rollfilm to the Reference Material section.
October 24, 2003
Added a link to Ken's Cameras, the Web site of my friend Ken Locke.
October 8, 2003
Added a ca.1898 Dr. Lüttke & Arndt Linos folding plate camera with accessory rollfilm back.
Added a link to the impressive exposure meter collection of Simon A. Spans.
Added a new image to the Windows Wallpaperpage.
September 10, 2003
Added two patents for the Bell & Howell Foton camera to the Patents page.
July 29, 2003
Added Hirofumi's new Mighty Camera Page to the first links page, just below Hirofumi's Mycro Camera Page link. If you are interested in subminiature cameras, you will enjoy seeing this new Web site.
Added an image of the Copal Press No. 1 leaf shutter to the Windows Wallpaper page.
June 20, 2003
Updated the Clarus Serial Number page. I won't mention future updates here, as this is an ongoing project. If you are interested in this topic, check the Serial Number page regularly for updates.
June 16, 2003
Updated the Reference Material and Clarus pages with Clarus MS-35 serial number research.
June 10, 2003
Created a Clarus Camera Forum. I've wanted to find a way to connect with other collectors and users of Clarus MS-35 cameras - all five of you. So I've established an open forum (registration not required) for the purpose of sharing information on Clarus and Wescon camera use and history. Whether you are just curious, have a single question, or have volumes of information to share on Clarus cameras, please join in. No annoying popup ads!
Added photos-collection.com and vintage-cameras.com to the second links page. These are the French and English language sites of Jean-Pierre, a collector with a passion for 19th century wood cameras.
Added 35mm-compact to the second links page. 35mm-compact is an information-rich site featuring rangefinder and compact cameras of the seventies.
May 7, 2003
Added an advertisement for the Perfex Speed Candid and updated its page with new information about the red dot.
May 6, 2003
Added period advertising to the FotonCub and Petal camera pages.
Added new Windows Wallpaper images.
April 18, 2003
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April 8, 2003
Added a new item to the Sale/Trade page.
Added a box of Chicago Ferrotype Company Photo Buttons to the Ephemera section.
Added new Windows Wallpaper images. One new image may be helpful for anyone who has taken apart their Wollensak shutter and is wondering where those left-over parts go.
February 26, 2003
Added LesterSilva.com to the second links page. This is the new and rapidly expanding site of a personal friend and prototypical collector, Lester Silva.
February 16, 2003
Updated the Clarus MS-35 page.
January 22, 2003
Added Ensign Cameras to the second links page. This is an informative, well-researched look at Ensign cameras and company history.
January 13, 2003
Added a Graph-Check Sequence camera and Ensignette No. 2 to the Sounds page. Eliminated background noise from the sound files.
January 10, 2003
Updated the Wallpaper page.
January 8, 2003
Added Lights in the Box to the econd links page. This is an excellent bilingual Web site featuring photography and classic cameras by Vincent Becker.
January 6, 2003
On the Bell & Howell Foton page I had written that because the Foton was a noisy camera, I thought it was not well suited to wildlife photography. Recently I received an email from Web visitor Steven Sawyer, asking if I would mind sending him an audio recording of the Foton in operation? Would I mind? No! What a great idea.
Recording the clicks and clacks of the Foton's high-speed motor drive was so much fun, I decided to record the sounds of a variety of cameras. You'll find these recordings in the new Sounds section of this site. I plan to add to this section in the future.
November 20, 2002
Added Recycled Relatives to the second links page. Recycled Relatives sells Victorian era portraits - originals and reproductions. I'm a happy customer, so I thought I should spread the word.
October 22, 2002
Added a Chicago Ferrotype Company Mandelette Postcard Camera and patent.
October 3, 2002
Updated the The Seymour page.
October 1, 2002
Added Rollei Only to the second links page. This site features the best looking Rolleiflex and Rolleicord collection I've had the pleasure to see.
September 26, 2002
Updated the Semi-Automatic Ansco page.
September 19, 2002
Added a1913 Ansco Company catalog and Ansco advertising thermometer.
August 29, 2002
Added two sites to the second links page. The first, an old-timer on the Web, is David L. Spahr's stereoviews.com and the second is the relatively new Vintage and Fine Art Photography Auction.
August 27, 2002
After years of searching, I was excited to locate an advertisement for the Faries Shutter Tripper, an accessory self-timer for pneumatic shutters. Reading the ad, I learned the Shutter Tripper was sold under the name Autopoze. The Autopoze was probably the first or second self-timer marketed in the United States. The advertisement can be seen on the revised Shutter Tripper page.
August 22, 2002
Updated the Ansco No. 7 camera page and added two patents related to Vidil Focusing Film to the Ansco No. 7 page.
August 20, 2002
Added Leroimystic to the Epemera section. This is a solution that turns photographs invisible. No, I'm not joking.
Also added a new item to the sale/trade page.
August 18, 2002
Added a photographic postcard of a Native American purported to be 125 years old.
August 12, 2002
Well, I've got it bad this summer. It's been nearly a month without any additions to the site. If this great weather continues, I'll probably take a few more weeks off from Web work. Good time to hit the beach, flea markets, garage sales and even to take photographs with, not of, some of my old cameras.
In the meantime, I can recommend a visit to the site of a new friend, Ismael Mendonça, a talented artist and photographer. You will find a link to Ismael's site on the second links page.
July 16, 2002
Added an Anthony & Scovill Ansco No. 7 rollfilm camera with accessory dry plate attachment and Vidil rollfilm back. This is a nice outfit, complete with original boxes, instructions and other papers. Ansco Vidil Focusing Film was a most unusual rollfilm. Available for only four years from ca. 1905, it gave viewing screen capability to non-reflex rollfilm cameras. Actually, the viewing screens were built into the rollfilm, not the camera!
July 8, 2002
Added Caméra de Collection to the second links page. This is the site of Michel Guillemette, photographer turned collector, featuring a good variety of beautiful collectable and historical cameras.
July 6, 2002
Added an American Camera Manufacturing Company No. 7 Buckeye camera, ca 1902. This is an uncommon Thomas H. Blair folding rollfilm camera offering ground glass viewing. The design is novel and fascinating.
June 25, 2002
Added the original Weston exposure meter, the Weston Model 617, ca 1932/33.
June 24, 2002
The Links page was getting graphically-intensive, so I've created a second page of links. The first entry on the second page is Ron Smith's 19th Century Photo Web Page, a site featuring a beautiful case-art and daguerreian image collection.
Also added James M. Surprenant's Vintage Camera Collection to the second links page. This is an informative site featuring vintage cameras and photographs made by those cameras.
June 18, 2002
Added an unusual itinerant photographer's candid camera - one I suspected existed but thought I would never find.
June 17, 2002
Added a J. Decoudun Photometre, ca 1888. This was the first through-the-lens exposure meter and a very early photographic extinction exposure meter.
June 10, 2002
Added a Semi-Automatic Ansco camera This was the world's first motor-drive camera for paper-backed rollfilm.
Added patents related to the Semi-Automatic camera to the Patents page.
June 3, 2002
Added a Graph-Check Sequence camera. Its unique system of eight lenses and shutters creates eight sequential stop-action images on one sheet of 4x5 film.
Added the Graph-Check patent to the Patents page.
May 28, 2002
Added a Heydes Aktino Photometer, an early extinction exposure meter.
May 14, 2002
Added an olive-drab bakelite Argus A camera.
Added Charles Vershoor's Argus camera patent to the Patents page.
May 7, 2002
Added a Kodak panoramic camera patent to the Patents page.
Added two new sale/trade items to the Sale/Trade page.
May 6, 2002
Added a colorful vintage Kodak umbrella to the Ephemera section.
Added a No. 3A Panoram Kodak camera.
April 16, 2002
Added Manfred Bock's handsome design und photo Web site to the Links page.
April 9, 2002
Added another intriguing unidentified camera to the Whatsit? page.
Added Jo Lommen's informative new Classic Press Cameras Web site to the Links page.
April 3, 2002
Added information about Magnus Niéll, the inventor of the Expo Watch camera, and his never-produced advanced watch camera design to the Expo Watch camera page.
Added Magnus Niéll's 1907 advanced watch camera patent to the Patents page.
April 1, 2002
Added a cabinet card portrait of a spaniel to the Images section.
March 22, 2002
Added Alan Mcpherson's Classic Cameras Web site to the Links page.
March 20, 2002
Another update to the Ansco Memo camera page. Who knows, this may not be the last. Great spring day here... hoping yours was equally beautiful.
March 19, 2002
Added a vintage brass Watch the Birdie accessory.
March 18, 2002
Updated the No. 1 Panoram Kodak page.
March 12, 2002
Added an unusual transparent Weston Model 650 exposure meter.
Added a 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera. This was Eastman Kodak's first postcard format camera, introduced in 1903.
March 7, 2002
A sale/trade item has found a new home. It has been moved to the Gone page.
March 5, 2002
Updated the Ansco Memo camera page.
March 4, 2002
Added a Kodak Parade Periscope to the Ephemera section.
Added a Purma Special camera.
March 3, 2002
Added a handsome wood tailboard camera by an unknown maker, ca 1888.
March 1, 2002
Added a patent for the Adlake camera to the Patents page.
February 28, 2002
Reworked the Whatsit page and added a new item, Mischa Koning's Contessa-Nettel Volupa camera.
February 27, 2002
Added Hirofumi's Mycro Web site to the Links page.
February 21, 2002
Added the Kombi Camera and Graphoscope patent to the Patents page.
February 20, 2002
Added Heinz Kilfitt's 1936 USA patent for the Robot I camera to the Patents page.
February 18, 2002
Updated the Minimax Pocket 110 EE page with interesting information on the camera's origins. I am thankful to Web visitor Mr. Hiromu Morine for his generous assistance.
February 17, 2002
Added Mischa Koning's www.3106.net to the Links page.
February 15, 2002
Added image and antiques dealer Fritz Antiques to the Links page.
February 12, 2002
Added a Bell & Howell Foton camera.
February 5, 2002
Added an Echo 8 Lighter-Camera.
February 4, 2002
Added a Perfex Speed Candid camera.
February 1, 2002
Added an ad for Univex film to the Univex Film page.
Added an ambrotype portrait of a bright-eyed infant to the images section.
January 31, 2002
Ernemann Klapp 10 x 15 cm strut camera
January 30, 2002
Added a Reference Material page. The first entry is a table of every camera manufactured by Ica A.G. in 1922, and the second, a table of Eastman Kodak Autographic film sizes.
January 27, 2002
Added a Hougton Ensignette No. 2 camera.
January 24, 2002
Added a Japanese Yen camera.
January 23, 2002
Added three cameras:
Heinrich Ernemann Mignon
American Advertising & Research Cub camera
Nikoh Co. Ltd. Minimax-Lite
Updated the Expo camera page. If you would like a copy of the instruction manual, see the bottom of the Expo page.
January 22, 2002
Added three cameras:
Houghton Ensign Midget Model 22
Sugaya Optical Minimax Pocket 110 EE
Adams & Westlake Adlake
January 17, 2002
Added categories for film size and image format to the Index/Search page.
January 10, 2002
Added an autochrome portrait (first commercial color process).
Added a box of unused 4x5 inch autochrome glass plates.
Added the USA autochrome patent to the Patents page.
January 8, 2002
Added three must-see sites to the Links page, and updated the link description for www.photgraphica.nu.
January 7, 2002
Two sale/trade items have found a new home. Updated Sale/Trade and Gone pages.
January 2, 2002
Time has not been on my side lately. I have a backlog of items waiting to be photographed and added to the site. Hopefully I will get to this soon. But in the meantime, I have added a link to the site of a collector of pre-1900 American photographica.
December 18, 2001
Created a new page for items that have been sold or traded. I'll move items to this page if the description and images might be useful for research.
December 15, 2001
Added a Kodak Brownie Customer Satisfaction Survey page.
November 28, 2001
Updated the Univex AF-2 camera page and Universal Camera. Corporation Univex roll film page.
November 22, 2001
My Web log tells me that many visitors to this site are from outside the United States. Today in the USA we are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. And although Thanksgiving is a purely USA tradition, I want to share the sentiment of this day by expressing my best wishes to all.
November 21, 2001
Added the Nikon Historical Society to the Links page.
November 14, 2001
Updated the Faries Shutter Tripper page
Added the first USA self-timer patent, an interesting device employing a lit fuse for operation.
November 13, 2001
Added a Monner exposure meter - a very unusual exposure measuring device that determines exposure by measuring the photographer's pupil size.
Added the Monner and Watrous exposure meter (pupilometer) patents.
November 7, 2001
Added a patent for the Blair Hawk-Eye Detective camera.
October 17, 2001
Added a Site Index page for direct access to items.
Added Mamiya-16 Super camera.
Updated Tower 16 camera page.
October 15, 2001
Added two interesting Swedish photographic Web sites to the Links page.
September 10, 2001
Added No. 1 Panoram Kodak camera. Added Moviematic 3-in-1 camera.
Updated Expo Watch camera page.
Added Ticka Watch camera.
Added Ferdinand the Bull photograph.
Updated Patents page.
September 5, 2001
Added an A Ordinary Kodak camera.
September 3, 2001
Updated Vanity Kodak page.
September 1, 2001
Added Kombi Camera and Graphoscope.
Page created September 1, 2001; updated August 12, 2022