Blair Camera Co.

 

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Blair-Foss catalog, 1890, p. 15
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4¼x5½  (this is the only size Lucidograph that does not have a rising front)

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Stamps, inside the cover:
1) "39": serial number, on the cover, and also on the inside of the case
2) "Patented May 10, 1887, No. 362599" (camera contained in a case such as the Lucidograph)
3) "Blair Camera Co., Boston"
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5 x 7
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Stamps inside the cover:
1) "70", a serial number
2) "The Lucidograph, The Blair Camera Co., 208 State Street, Chicago, Ills.", stamped in ink
3) "Patented May 10, 1887, No. 862559"
4) "Blair Camera Co., Boston"
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5 x 8"


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Stamp on bottom of ground glass frame: "Patented Sep. 2, '84. - 304406." (spring back)

Stamps on inside of door:
1) "32", a serial number
2) "Blair Camera Co., Boston", the manufacturer
3) "Patented May 10, 1887, No. 362599." (camera contained in a case such as the Lucidograph)

 

Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c.1884-1894
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (single gear track on middle base rail); no swing; reverse by two tripod mounts; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: #1560=3¼x4¼; #1561=4¼x5½ (photo below); #1561A=5x7 (photos above); #1562=5x8 (photo below); #1563=6½x8½
Notes: #'s1560-1563 includes camera holder, lens, canvas case, tripod; #1564 A-E=same sizes but camera only. Called The Compact Camera in the 1884 catalog.  The two smallest sizes do not have a rising front, according to the Blair-Foss 1890 catalog, p.16.
References:
Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Co. Catalog, 1884, un-numbered page between pages 14 and 15 (as The Compact Camera)
Photographic Lenses and How to Select Them, James W. Queen & Co. (Philadelphia, PA), 1887, back cover
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. 15-16
Anthony's Photographic Bulletin XXV No. 5, May 1 1894, p. xi

 

 

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