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Cincinnati Reversible Back Camera

 

 

6½ x 8½"
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Label, metal, top of front standard
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Serial number, bottom of front section
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1887
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (one gear tracks on the middle base rail); single swing; reverse by removable back; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany body; mahogany base; black fabric bellows; nickeled hardware
Sizes Offered: at least 6½x8½
Notes: This camera is thought to be a 1887-1888 version of the Cincinnati Reversible Back.  It features a slide-in front base (held be the minimal friction of two brass springs).  The extra long case is necessary to accommodate a place to store this front base.
References:
Photographic Lenses and How to Select Them, James W. Queen & Co. (Philadelphia, PA), 1887, back cover

 

 

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