Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Co.
Date Introduced: - ; Years
According to one reference: "not adapted for the patent extension; same style and finish as the Combination Camera."
The Blair Tourograph & Dry Plate Co. Catalog, 1884, p. 8-9 states: "The 5x8-A is the camera well known as our 'Triumph'. It is smaller in outside dimension than our 5x8-B (regular), and was not originally designed to be used as a combination; but we have now fitted it for a 6½x8½ Patent Extension, and have therefore lettered both styles as above ".
The A model had a 13" focus capacity; there was a B model having a 14½" focus capacity, which must have been the one that was originally adapted for the patent extension.
The engraving above is probably of the "B" type. The "A" type would be essentially the same, except that the frame around the ground glass would have been ~½" instead of ~1", and the remainder of the box would be correspondingly smaller to fit, and the rear extension would be shorter to remain even with the top of the camera when folded.
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