E. & H.T. Anthony

Novelette, Early, Variation 2

4x5
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1885
Construction: rear focus via push-pull; single swing; reversing by rotating bellows and back; 3- piece lens board
Materials: mahogany body; cherry plywood base; black fabric bellows; nickeled hardware
Sizes Offered: 4x5
Notes: This camera is pictured in Anthony, the Man, the Company, the Cameras by William Marder, p. 247, where it is called an "early solid bed"; Christie's 1989 sale of Marder's collection, where it was later purchased, described it as a "Bicycle Novelette".  It may not be early, but rather it may represent a simpler way to make a small-sized bed than constructing a frame.  A similar 4x5 solid bed variation is to be found in the Blair Cincinnati RB Improved Variation 2.  However, the lens board is affixed in a manner unlike any other Anthony.

References:
Solid Bed Version not illustrated as a separate model in catalogs, but the 4x5 listed as separate in Sep 1886:
Illustrated Catalogue of Amateur Equipments and Materials, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY), September 1886, p. 13
 

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