Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Co.
Blair untitled catalog, 1882, p. 8
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Construction: rear focus
via push-pull; single swing or double swing (5x8 only); reverse by two
tripod mounts; three-piece lensboard
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows;
Sizes Offered: 1530=4x5 w/ 5x8 extension; 1531=5x8A w/
6½x8½ or 8x10 extension; 1532=5x8B w/ 6½x8½ or 8x10 extension
Notes: The combination part of the name referred to
the ability to have two plate sizes in a small package due to the Blair
Patent Extension pieces. The plateholders are designed like
wooden puzzles, with little interlocking blocks of wood. The Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Co. Catalog, 1884, p. 8 states: "The
5x8(A) is the camera well known as our 'Triumph'". The
A model had a 13" focus capacity; there was a B model having a 14.5" focus
capacity. The same 1884 catalog stated that all
Combination Cameras had rack and pinion focusing, even though the above
engraving was still used to illustrate the extension. The rack and pinion
focus version is referred to here as Combination Camera Variation 2.
Untitled Catalog, The Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Company,
Boston, MA, 1882, p. 8-11
Photographic Times 13, March, 1883, p. V
Catalog P, Photographic Material, J. W. Queen & Co. (Philadelphia, PA), 1886, p.
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