E. & H.T. Anthony
Novel View Camera, Variation
Thos. H. McCollin & Co. Catalog, c. 1897, p. 40
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1887-1897
Construction: rear focus
via push-pull; single or double swing; reversing by rotating bellows and
back; plywood lens board
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows;
Sizes Offered: probably 10x12; 11x14; 14x17; 17x20; 18x22
(later only 14x17 and up)
Novel has larger
dimensions than the Novelette, and wider wood on the ground glass panel as a
result, so the above camera would seem to be a 5x8 Novel having a simpler ground
glass frame than Novel Variation 2. This
later model of the Novel does away with the handsome but costly
contouring of the ground glass frame, and the glass itself is held by metal clips. In
Anthony catalogs beginning in 1888, the Novel is no
longer offered in sizes smaller than 10x12 - the smaller sizes were replaced by the
lighter weight and numerous Novelette models.
By 1891, the Novel is no longer in Anthony amateur catalogs. Therefore, the
5x8 camera above was probably made prior to c.1887. The reference below,
from ten years later, refers to the Novel model (in sizes 14x17, 17x20
and 18x22 only), and also refers to the Novelette (in smaller sizes) on
the previous page, but then confuses the issue by using the same engraving for
the Novel as Anthony uses for the Novelette. And that
engraving (shown above) is of a Novelette, not a Novel, judging
from the width of the wood in the ground glass frame. Whether in the
catalog or not, it appears that Anthony continuously made a revolving bellows
camera, and the larger it was, the more robust it was.
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Materials, Thos. H. McCollin & Co. (Philadelphia, PA)
undated, c. 1897, p. 40
Stamps on the back base: Left: "E.&H.T.
Anthony"; Right: "Pat. Mar. 28, '82 & Feb. 20, '83."
The March 28,
1882 and February 20, 1883 dates refer to E.B. Barker's patents of the revolving
bellows, tilt, etc. - the patent drawings detail essentially the entire camera.
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