Blair Camera Co.
Reversible Back Camera
5 x 7
6½ x 8½"
Brass Label on Top of Front Standard
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1889 - c. 1895
This camera appears to be identical to the Anthony Reversible Back Camera, but is marked "Blair Camera Co., Boston, Mass." rather than Anthony. Formerly, it was called Blair Unknown #2, but currently is assumed to be the Blair's Reversible Back Camera advertised in the 1889 International Annual of Anthony's Photographic Bulletin.
That it is identical to the Anthony Reversible Back Camera
may be explained in that Anthony owned much Blair stock at this time, and they
also shared factories. The Anthony Reversible Back Camera is rarely
illustrated in catalogs; the Blair-version Reversible Back Camera is not
known to have been ever illustrated in engravings. Therefore, it is only a
guess that this camera represents both the Anthony and Blair models. They
were advertised at about the same time (1889), so it is a strong guess.
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