E.I. Horsman Co., New York, NY

Eclipse Outfit,  No. 2 and 3 (no lens board)

cabinet card advertising the Eclipse

Eclipse No. 2: 3 x 4



Eclipse No. 3: 4 x 6


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Stamp inside top of case
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1888-1900
Construction: rear focus via push-pull; single or no swing; reversing by two tripod mounts; no lens board;  ground glass frame hinges down
Materials: cherry body and base; black leatherette bellows; brass hardware, varnish finish
Sizes Offered: Eclipse No. 2: 3x4; Eclipse No. 3: 4x6
Notes: The E.I. Horsman Co. also sold lawn tennis equipment and bicycles, as prizes to children for selling magazine subscriptions.  The "outfit" included a wooden box, trays, chemicals, etc. similar to the "Scholar's" outfit of Scovill and the "Eureka School" outfit of Anthony.

     The Eclipse No. 2 and Eclipse No. 3 cameras shown above are the usual model encountered, identical in all but plate size.  This model's lens is installed directly into the camera front: they have no removable lens board.  The Horsman Eclipse No. 33, however, has a lens board; otherwise it has the same construction as the No. 2/No. 3.  There is an Eclipse box camera, which is assumed to be the Eclipse No. 1.

References: 
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1890, The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), 1889, ads p. 12
Horsman's Lawn Tennis, E. I. Horsman (New York, NY), c. 1890, unpaginated, approximately p. 29
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1892, The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), 1891, ads p. 31

also see Dan Colucci's Horsman article:
http://members.aol.com/oct0969/hors.htm

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