Blair Camera Co.
English Compact Camera, Reversible Back
Blair-Foss catalog, 1890, pp. 7-8
8x10 Camera & 8x10 to 10x12 Extension
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Construction: front focus
(gears internal to base); single or double swing; reverse by removable
back; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany body; mahogany base; black fabric
bellows; brass hardware; French polish shellac finish
Sizes Offered: 1406A=3¼x4¼; 1407A=4x5; 1406=5x7;
1407=5x8; 1408=6½x8½; 1409=8x10 (illustrated; with 10x12 patent extension); 1410=10x12
Notes: English compact style - well named. 8x10 version
in photos above; 6½x8½ version below. Note that the
photographed cameras are essentially identical, except for size. The
engraving differs, though, in that its top cross-bar on the front standard is
wooden, not brass, and its back brace is place higher on the body. This
appears to be the only engraving used for the model, and might have been an
early version. There is a photo of a camera more like (but not identical
to) the engraving at http://www.eastman.org/fm/mees/htmlsrc/mB63500001_ful.html#topofimage.
Photographic Lenses and How to Select Them, James W. Queen & Co.
(Philadelphia, PA), 1887, back cover
International Annual of Anthony's Photographic Bulletin, Vol.
II, 1889, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co., 1889, ads p. 6
Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Photographic Apparatus and Supplies,
Section A, Blair Camera Co. (Boston, MA), distributed by Oscar Foss (San Francisco,
CA), 1890, pp.
Anthony's Photographic Bulletin XXV No. 5, May 1 1894, p. xi
Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Photographic
Apparatus and Supplies, Blair Camera Co. (Boston, MA), 1895, pp. 6-7
Catalogue of Hawk-Eye Cameras and Photographic Supplies Season of 1898,
Blair Camera Co., Boston, MA), 1898, pp. 2-3
6½ x 8½
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