Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Co.
Combination Camera, Reversible Back, Variation 1
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1884
This model has a two section base where the front section, essential for use, hinges upwards for storage. The camera is rather bulky, even when broken down. The back could be removed and replaced by a larger 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 square-shaped back. The Combination Camera (no "Reversible Back" in the name) also can be reversed, 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 and unique giant front standard extension, while Variation 2 and
a normal front standard. In the example above, the
ground glass frame is a generic replacement, as the original was missing.
Also, the front extension, manufactured to extend straight outwards on folding
wooden struts (as in the third engraving, above), has lost the wooden struts
(probably broken), and has been altered to swing
downwards, possibly for banquet work, since it is now similar to the
Folmer & Schwing Banquet Camera.
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