Gregg, William T., New York, NY
Gregg's Folding Camera
The International Annual of Anthony's
Photographic Bulletin, Vol. I, 1888,
ads p. 31
5 x 7
6½ x 8½
Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c.
Construction: front focus via
rack and pinion (gears internal to base); reversing by removable
back; double swing
Sizes Offered: 4x5; 5x7; 6½x8½; 8x10
Notes: William T. Gregg was an
optician located at 104 Fulton St., New York, NY. William Theodore Gregg
was from Ireland and established his firm in 1843. He sold a variety of
optical equipment, including eyeglasses, microscopes, barometers, thermometers,
telescopes, surveying equipment, cameras, dry plates, stereoviews, magic
lanterns, field and opera glasses. The camera here is an
English-style compact camera. It is significantly
different than the English-style cameras offered by American Optical, E. & H. T.
Anthony, Rochester Optical Co. and Scovill at the time, so he must have either
had his own factory to manufacture it or contracted with someone (perhaps
overseas) to manufacture it according to his design or specifications. Some parts appear
to be identical to those on the Blair Camera Co.
English Compact Camera (e.g., the main hinge location and size, the
horizontal brass track with its scalloped piece), but it is clearly not
identical (notably Blair's use of much brass on its front standard), and therefore
this camera may have been assembled by Gregg's own craftsmen
from pieces purchased here and there. The lens is also marked Gregg,
although it must have merely been purchased from an optical company (e.g., Darlot) and engraved at the Gregg factory. All English-style American
cameras were knock-offs of actual English cameras manufactured by a number of
companies in Great Britain. Gregg labels are found on leather-covered hand
and stand cameras as well.
International Annual of Anthony's Photographic Bulletin, Vol.
W. J. Harrison and A. H. Elliot, eds., E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY),
July 1888, ads p. 31
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1890,
The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), 1889, ads p. 31
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