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Heritage Camera Collection

  • 2005.006
  • Collection
  • [between ca. 1860 and 2010]

The Heritage Camera Collection is comprised of cameras, mainly from the Wilhem E. Nassau Camera Collection, the Irving G. Rumney fonds, and several other small, individual donations. This collection traces the evolution of the tools of popular pho...

Early cameras

This series consists of original and duplicate early cameras from the beginning of the history of photography. Based on the basic design of the camera obscura and produced between about 1820 and 1870, these simple devices were usually solid or sli...

Mousetrap camera [replica]

Item is a small, wooden camera obscura with a single meniskus lens to demonstrate function of matt glass focusing screen and focal length. It is a replica built in the style of the small "mousetrap" cameras designed by William Henry Fox ...

Nassau, Wilhelm E.

W.H. Fox Talbot mouse trap camera [replica]

It is a replica built in the style of the small "mousetrap" cameras designed by William Henry Fox Talbot in the mid 1830's . They were simple wooden boxes with a single lens used to expose paper negatives, sensitized by silver nitra...

Nassau, Wilhelm E.

Wooden camera obscura [replica]

Cameras of this kind were used during the 18th and 19th century by artists and travelling tourists to sketch landscapes and buildings. A piece of transparent paper was placed on the matte screen. One could now trace the outlines of the subject as ...

Nassau, Wilhelm E.

Jules Carpentier Photo-Jumelle

Item consists of a Jules Carpentier Photo-Jumelle, a rigid-bodied binocular camera. One lens is for viewing and the other is for taking single exposures. This jumelle-type camera is not a stereo camera. The magazine holds 12 plates that are 4.5 x ...

Dry plate cameras

This series contains cameras designed for use with commercially manufactured dry plate negatives. Produced between about 1880 and 1900, these cameras began to be marketed to amateur photographers due to the relative ease of using dry plates. Expos...

Log Focus Revolving Back Conley Model XV

Item is a folding dry plate camera with Wollensak lens, f2.5-16, Conley Safety Shutter 1 - 1/1000 sec. Mahogany and nickel construction with brown leather finish and red bellows. The Conley Camera company was based in Rochester Minnesota and frequ...

Seneca View Camera

Item is a wooden, tailboard folding field view camera, for use with 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inch) dry plates. Field cameras are view cameras that produce studio quality images but are designed to fold down to a more compact, portable size. The camera in...

Zeiss Ikon Maximar B 207/7

Item is a high quality folding plate camera with a drop bed style, double extension bellows, rise and fall, plus shift front movements. It came with a brilliant view-finder housing a built in spirit finder and a wire frame finder. The Maximar B 20...

Kodak Premo No. 9 combination case

Item consists of a black leather case with red velvet lining containing a Premo No. 9 Kodak folding camera, two wooden negative holders, and the camera manual. The camera used 5 x 5 or 5 x 7 plates or film packs.

Field cameras

This series contains view cameras whose lighter and more compact design, as compared to larger, studio style cameras, allowed for them to be easily transported for use in outdoor settings and for travelling. Alterations like collapsible bellows (f...

Reversible Back Premo camera

Item is a folding field camera for exposures on 8x10 plates, manufactured by the Rochester Optical and Camera Company. Wood camera with red bellows and brass hardware. Created for advanced amateur and professional photographers, the back was rever...

J. Lizars Challenge camera

Item is a luxury wood and brass, self casing folding plate camera with red bellows. Front plate has full tilt, shift and swivel capabilities. Equipped with a 10 1/4 in F 11 Ross lens. Serial # 90191.

Graflex RB Series D

The Graflex RB is a single-lens reflex camera, the last of the family of field cameras known as "Graflex cameras", in contrast to the "Graphic" Graflex cameras. This model was produced between 1928-1947. It features a rotating ...

Folding (bellows) cameras

This series contains cameras designed for roll film and employed a folding design, in which a front flap opened and lens and bellows extended from the camera body. This design balanced the need to produce large sized negatives while making the cam...

No. 3A Autographic Kodak camera, Model C

Item is a folding camera with black leatherette case and leather bellows. Features a cord with metal push button shutter-release. Fitted with a Kodak Antistigmat lens f7.7 (170mm), No. 11592. Took Autographic film No. A-122. Serial no. 652261.

Kodak "Petite" camera

Item is a compact folding camera with green and blue bellows. The Kodak Petite was a smaller, roll film camera specifically designed for and marketed to women. They came in several colours, and were also sold in gift sets that included a mirror an...

No. 1A Pocket Kodak

Item is a folding camera for 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. exposure on A116 film. The Autographic feature allowed notes to be made on the film by scratching them into the film paper with a special stylus. A window opened in the back of the camera to expose th...

No. 3A Folding Autographic Brownie

Item is a folding camera for 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. exposures. The Autogrpahic feature allowed notes to be made on the film by scratching them into the film paper with a special stylus. A window opened in the back of the camera to expose the backing pa...

No. 1A Autographic Kodak Jr.

Item is a folding camera for For 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. exposures on A-116 film. This was a version of the No. 1A Kodak Jr. updated to include the autogrpahic feature, which allowed notes to be made on the film by scratching them into the film paper wi...

Ensign model V

Item is a folding camera for 3 x 4 in. exposures on Ensign quarter plate film. Lens is an Ensign Anastigmat series 6 lens, Sector shutter 1 sec. - 1/100 sec.

Agfa Standard Type 254

Item is a folding roll film camera for 6 x 9 cm. exposures. Equipped with a brillant and optic viewfinders and Agfa-Anastigmat, 4.5/10.5 cm lens.

No. 3A Autographic Kodak special

Item consists of a No. 3A Autographic Kodak special folding camera that makes pictures sized 3.25 x 5.5" on 122 film. Comes with CRF rangefinder. This is one of the very first cameras manufactured with a coupled rangefinder. The Autographic f...

Voigtlander Bessa II

Item is a folding camera, designed as an updated version of Bessa RF (1936), with housing for coupled rangefinder in chrome instead of black. Synchro-Compur 1/500 shutter. Heliar f3.5.105 lens. 6 x 9 cm prints on 120 roll film.

Ihagee Rulex camera

Item is an early folding plate camera with a Rulex triple anastigmat F13, 1:4 lens and an unmarked compound shutter. Includes both a brilliant viewfinder and optical direct finder.

Kodak Tourist camera

Item is a typical mass-produced, self-erecting, folding roll film camera for amateur use. Made 8 5.7 x 8.25 exposures on 620 roll film, but could be converted for other formats with the Kodak Tourist Adapter Kit.

Ansco Vest Pocket No.0

Item is a small, folding strut camera for making 4 x 6.5cm exposures on 127 film. Unlike folding bed cameras, the lens remains exposed (on the outside of the camera) when the camera is collapsed. Lens is an Ansco Anastigmat f6.3.

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta (A) 531

Item is a high quality black leather-covered folding roll film camera, with a rangefinder of the rotating wedge type, gear coupled to front cell focusing lens. This camera has a chrome top. It has the normal lens - a Tessar 75 mm 1:3.5. and a Sync...

Agfa Isolette I

Item is a folding camera for 6 x 6 cm roll film exposures. Shutter release is on the body, but there was no double exposure prevention. Equipped with a Agnar F4.5/85mm lens with Vario shutter.

No. 2A folding autographic brownie

Item is a folding autographic camera that allowed one to write on the negative using a metal stylus. Photos were taken on 120 roll film. In 1917 the ends were changed from a squared to rounded version, and the No. 2A was produced with the rounded...

Jiffy Kodak V.P.

Item is a Vest Pocket strut camera for 4.5 x 6cm exposures on 127 roll film. Strut cameras differed from other folding cameras in that the lens remained exposed or uncovered when the camera was folded down. This model has a Bakelite body. Mckoewn ...

Kodak Senior Six-20

Item is a self-erecting folding amateur camera for 8 exposures of 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/2 x 4 1/4") on 620 roll film. This camera originally sold for $30.00 in the United States.

Kodak Premoette Senior camera

Item is a self-erecting folding bed camera for use with 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/2" x 4 1/4") Premo brand film packs. Lens is a Rapid Rectilinear lens by Bausch and Lomb with a Kodak Ball Bearing shutter and cable release.

No. 2 Folding Autographic Brownie

Item is a self-erecting folding camera for 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/2" x 3 1/4") exposures with 120 autographic roll film. The Autogrpahic feature allowed notes to be made on the film by scratching them into the film paper with a special stylu...

Bentzin Primar folding camera

Item is an compact double extension folding plate or sheet film camera for 9 x 12 cm (3.5" x 4.75"). Lens is a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1 :4,5 f : 13.5cm with a Compur shutter (1 to 1/200th). The camera has both a brilliant viewfinder and ...

Kodak Vest Pocket Model B

Item is a folding strut camera from the popular Eastman Kodak Vest Pocket Kodak series. For 4.5 x 6 cm (1.75" x 2.36") exposures on small format, 127 roll film.

Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic

Item is a folding trellis strut camera from the Vest Pocket series for 4.5 x 6 cm (1.77" x 2.36") exposures on 127 roll film. Lens is a Kodak Anastigmat 84mm f4.7, with a ball-bearing shutter with B,T, 1/25, 1/50, etc.. A case in included.

Balda Baldax 6x6

Item is a folding camera for 6 x 6 cm (2.36" x 2.36") exposures on 120 format roll film. Lens is a Schneider Xenar 7.5cm f2.9 with Compur Shutter.

Plenax PB-20

Item is a typical folding 620 roll film camera - uses an inset mask to shoot 6 X 9 cm or 6 X 4.5 images. Shutter has no ID marking. Tripar Lens.

Kodak Vigilant Junior Six 20

Item is a typical Kodak folding roll film camera for 620 film. The simple Kodak shutter allows T, B, and I. The Kodet lens goes from F1:12.5 to F:32. The non-optical viewfinder is a folding frame type, there is also a brilliant viewfinder. The cam...

Kodak Monitor Six-20

Item is a folding Roll film camera for 620 film. Viewfinder on top, with Kodamatic flash shutter and synchron contact. Kodak anastigmat 4.5 105mm lens. The Monitor was also manufactured for 616 film.

No.3A Folding Pocket Kodak Model B5

Item is a vertical style folding bed camera for 8.25 x 14 cm (3 1/4" x 5 1/2") exposures on 122 roll film. The shutter has Timer and Bulb settings and a Bausch & Lomb lens.

Kodak Recomar 18

Item is a folding camera for 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2.25" x 3.25") plate or sheet film. The camera was designed as the Nagel 18 by Dr. August Nagel for his company in Stuttgart Germany and renamed the Recomar 18 after the company was purchased b...

Kodak Tourist camera

Item is a compact, self-erecting folding camera for 8 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2.25" x 3.25") exposures on 620 roll film. An adapter kit could be used to alter the exposure size using one of a series of 4 masks. Body is die-cast aluminum.

Cannon, Dennis

Kodak No 2 Folding Cartridge Hawk-Eye model B

Item is a Kodak No. 2 Folding Cartridge Hawkeye Model B camera. Manufactured by the Canadian Kodak Co. Limited in Toronto, Ont. Shutter made in Rochester N.Y., U.S.A. by Eastman Kodak Co. Features a Kodex No. o meniscus lens with a Kodak shutter w...

Contessa-Nettel folding camera

Item is a Contessa-Nettel folding/bellows camera. Only the structure of the camera exists, it is missing a lens. The company Contessa-Nettel AG was a German company that existed between the years 1908 and 1919. The company was known for cameras wi...

Folding camera with Compur leaf shutter

Item is a folding (bellows) plate camera with a Compur leaf shutter. Compur leaf shutters were manufactured from 1912 to 1935 when the Compur-Rapid model was released. Shutter is an earlier, dial set model. Item features a collapsing front bellows...

Folding camera with Ibso shutter

Item is a folding (bellows) plate camera with an Ibso shutter . Ibso shutters were manufactured by Gauthier from 1908 until 1931 when Zeiss took over the company and offered faster models. Three blade diaphragm , spring powered, pneumatic exposure...

Rio 12C

Item is a Rio 12C folding camera manufactured by Orionwerk Akt. Ges. Hannover. IBSOR DRP Meyer-Gorlitz Nr. 434172 Anastigmat Trioplan 1/6.3 F=10.5 cm lens. Company existed as Orionwerk from 1921 to 1933.

Kodak Bantam f5.6

Item consists of a Kodak Bantam f5.6 model 828 film camera. It is a compact folding camera with an f:5.6 50mm Kodak Anastigmat lens.

Kodak Tourist II

Item consists of a Kodak Tourist II Camera. It uses 620 film and makes 8 6x9cm frames. The lens is a Kodak Anaston f:4.5 105mm, and the shutter is the Flash Kodamatic, although there were many different lens/shutter combinations available. It has ...

Foka, folding camera

Item consists of a Foka folding camera with a F. Deckel-Munchen leaf shutter and a Rodenstock Trinar Anastigmat 1:4.5 f=10.5cm lens. The maker of the shutter, F. Deckel, was a German company based in Munich. The Foka cameras were imported from Ger...

Kodak Bantam f6.3

Item consists of a Kodak Bantam. It is a folding camera that used Kodak's 828 film format. It is a black compact camera with a Kodak Anastigmat f-6.3 53mm lens, a rigid finder, and a plastic body.

Kodak Bantam f4.5

Item consists of a Kodak Bantam. It is a folding camera that used Kodak's 828 film format. It is a black compact camera with a Kodak Anastigmat Special f-4.5 47mm lens and a folding frame finder. It was a very common camera.

Jiffy Kodak Six-20 Series II

Item consists of a Kodak Jiffy Six-20 Series II medium format folding camera. It used 620 roll film, for a picture size of 6x9cm. The lens is a 105mm f/8 filter slip-on Twindar Lens with a focus range of 5 to 10 feet +inf. It has manual front focu...

Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II

Item consists of a Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II folding camera. It used Kodak 616 film rolls and has a Kodak Anastigmat f6.3/126mm lens with a Kodak No.1 Kodex leaf shutter.

Kodak No. 3A Folding Brownie Model A

Item consists of a Kodak No. 3A Folding Brownie Camera, Model A. It is a viewfinder folding camera with a black imitation leather covered wood body.It uses type 124 film rolls to make a picture size of 8.3 x 14 cm (the size of a postcard). This it...

Kodak Senior Six-20

Item is a self-erecting folding amateur camera for 8 exposures of 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/2 x 4 1/4") on 620 roll film. Lens is an f4.5 with a Kodamatic shutter. This camera originally sold for $31.00 in the United States, this model was assembled...

No. 1A Pocket Kodak

Item is a No. 1A Pocket Kodak. It is a medium sized camera with black leather casing, metal clasps, and Kodex No. 1 shutter (manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company, the rest of the camera body was produced by the Canadian branch), that made 2 1/2 x...

ICA Icarette Model A

The ICA Icarette was manufactured in c. 1912-1925 in by the ICA A.G. camera company of Dresden, Germany. This item is a model A, also called an Icarette 0, V.P. Icarette, or Icarette 500/12, as indicated by the Helka Double Anastigmati lens (f6.8)...

No. 3 Autographic Brownie Model H

Item consists of a Kodak No. 3 Autographic folding camera, model H. Camera has a brilliant viewfinder and black leather covering. It uses type A118 autographic film rolls to make 6 exposures of 3.125 x 4.25 in (8 x 10.5 cm). This camera has a Koda...

No. 1A Gift Kodak

Item consists of a No. 1A Gift Kodak folding camera. This was a special version of the No. 1A Pocket Kodak Junior camera with an early Art Deco design by industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague to target a female market audience. The camera has a...

Goerz C.P., Anschütz Model I

Item consists of a Goerz C. P. Anschütz Model I strut-folding camera with a focal plane shutter and internally controlled shutter settings. It has a 5" homocentric 1:6.3 Ross London lens. The camera has a leather covering on a wood body. The ...

Autographic No. 1A Kodak Junior

Item consists of an autographic No. 1A Kodak Junior camera. It uses 116 film to make 2.5 x 4.25 inch time or instantaneous exposures. The camera has an achromatic meniscus lens and an aperture scale from f8 to f45.2. The bellows are adjusted to fo...

Kodak No. 1A Autographic Junior

Item consists of an autographic No. 1A Kodak Junior camera. It uses 116 film to make 2.5 x 4.25 inch time or instantaneous exposures. The camera has an achromatic rapid rectilinear meniscus lens and an aperture scale from f8 to f45.2. The bellows ...

ICA Lloyd 575 folding camera

Item is a camera produced by ICA with a Carl Zeisa lens. The camera uses [xfilm], has [X] lenses, [X] shutter speed of [X]. Item also comes with a leather case.

Zeiss Super Ikonta C (folding camera)

Item is a folding camera for use with Zeiss Ikon B2 6x9cm 120 roll film. The camera includes a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f3.5, 105mm lens and Compur rapid shutter with speeds from 1 second to 1/400, plus bulb setting.

Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak

Item is a folding camera that uses trellis struts and no bed. Similar to the Vest Pocket Kodak but has an Autographic feature. The Kodak Ball Bearing Shutter offers settings for Clouds, Marine View, Distant View, Average View, and Portrait.

Kodak Six-20 Camera

Item is a folding camera with an enameled art-deco sides. The camera uses 620 film for 2.25" 3.25" exposures. The camera also has a fold down metal strut to support self-erecting front. The lens on the camera is a Kodak Anastigmat f6.3.

No. 2 Folding Brownie

Item is a horizontal folding camera with maroon bellow and a wooden lens standard. Photos were taken on 120 film for 2.25" x 3.25" exposure.

No. 3 Folding Brownie

Item consists of a horizontal folding camera with maroon bellows and a wooden lens board. It uses 124 film to make 3.25" x 4.25" exposures.

Kodak Junior Six-20

Item is a black folding camera with a self erecting front, for use with 2.25" x 3.25" exposures on 620 film.The lens is a Kodak Anastigmat f6.3.

No. 1 Autographic Kodak Junior

Item is a folding camera with black bellows and brown leatherette covering and strap; for 2.25" x 3.25" exposures on No.A - 120 film. The camera was made by the Canadian Kodak Co. but the ball bearing lens was patented by the Eastman Kod...

Icarette 500

Item is a folding camera for 6.5 x 11 cm exposures and features a f = 10. 5 Novar-Anastigmat lens.

Waltax folding camera

Item is a folding Ikonta-A style camera; for 16 exposures on 120 rollfilm. It contains a Kolex Anastigmat f3.5/7 cm lens in a Dabit-Super shutter marked "OKAKO TOKYO" at the top.

No. 1A Pocket Kodak Junior

Item is a brown folding camera with black bellows; for 2.5" x 4.25" exposures on 116 film. The shutter was made by the Eastman Kodak Co. in the United States.

Contessa-Nettel Nettix

Item is a 4.5 x 6 cm strut-folding plate camera with a black leather-covered metal body and wire folding frame. Camera uses a Carl Zeiss Jena Troitar f6.3/75 mm lens.

No. 1A Autographic Kodak Camera

Item is a black bellows and leather covered folding camera, for 2.5" x 4.25" exposures on No. A116 Autographic film. The camera features a Kodak Anastigmat f7.7/130 mm lens and a ball bearing shutter.

No. 1 Autographic Kodak Junior

Item is a folding camera using No. A120 Autographic film for 2.25" x 3.25" exposures. The camera has a Kodak ball bearing shutter, black bellows, and is covered in black leather.

No. 1 Folding Pocket Kodak

Item is a metal folding camera with black bellows for 2.25" x 3.25" exposures. Camera uses a Pocket Automatic shutter and has win sprung struts for the lensboard.

The Newest

Item is a folding camera with maroon bellows, wooden interior, and black leather covering with metal handle.

Premoette Junior No. 1A

Item is a leather-covered aluminum-bodied folding-bed camera for filmpacks. The bed folds down but not to a full 90 degree angle. The bellows are black and there is no track on the bed but the front standard fits into two slots at the front, one f...

Erno (C.M.F)

Item is a folding camera with black bellows and a leather carrying strap. The camera has a Aplanatic f10.5 lens. The body of the camera has a black leatherette covering with the impression of "ERNO" on the front and "C.M.F" on ...

Premoette Junior

Item is a black leather-covered aluminum-bodied folding-bed camera for filmpacks. The bed folds down but not to a full 90 degree angle. The camera has no tracks on the bed but the front standard pulls out and clips into two slots at the front. The...

Box and snapshot roll film cameras

Series contains simple, snapshot cameras designed for mass public consumption, taking advantage of the new flexible roll film that was developed in 1883. The box camera was a logical follow up from the original simple camera obscuras, often having...

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