Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Co.
Combination Camera, Reversible Back, Variation 3
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Has a two section base; the front section removes for storage, but the base is so short, the camera is pretty much useless without its front section. This camera is rather bulky, even when broken down.
The 5x8" back could be removed and replaced by a 6.5x8.5" one - hence the name combination. The reversible part of the name comes from the ability to switch from horizontal to vertical format by removing and repositioning the back. The ordinary Combination Camera also reverses, but only by taking the camera off the tripod and re-attaching it by its second tripod mount.
The Combination Camera,
Reversible Back, Variation 1 has a peculiar giant front standard extension,
while Variations 2 and 3 have a normal front standard.
The Combination Camera, Reversible Back, Variation 3 has an all-wood front standard, whereas
Variation 2 has metal side
brackets and no wooden cross-bracing at the bottom. Variation 3 also has
simple, small bottom brackets for retaining the back, and a single thumbscrew
for focusing. Despite its designation of this web site, the Variation 3
version probably came first, and, Blair having found that the all-wood
construction of the front standard was prone to breakage, Variation 2
version, with its metal reinforcement, came later.
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