Blair Camera Co.

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Blair Camera Co.

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  • Blair Camera Co. Division of Eastman Kodak Co.

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[between 1878 and 19--]


In 1878, Thomas H. Blair acquired a patent for a unique camera which included a dark-tent for in-camera wet plate processing. This camera was called the Tourograph and built for him by American Optical Division of Scovill Mg. Co. In 1879, Blair opened Blair Tourograph Company in Connecticut. Blair re-branded twice, once in 1881 as Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Comapny and again in 1886 as Blair Camera Company. In 1890, Blair absorbed the manufacturer of Hawkeye Cameras known as the Boston Camera Company. Until Kodak purchased Blair Camera Company in 1899 and moved it to Rodchester, New York in 1908. From then on, Blair Camera Company began operating as a division of Kodak.


Connecticut : Rochester

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Eastman Kodak Company (1888 -)

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Eastman Kodak Company is the owner of Blair Camera Co.

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Purchased by Kodak in 1908 later named the Blair Camera Division of Eastman Kodak Co.

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McKeown, James. M. (2004) McKeown's Price Guide To Antique And Classic Cameras. Grantsburg, Wisconsin: James M. McKeown and Joan C. McKeown.

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