Manhattan Optical Co. (Cresskill, NJ)
Wide Angle Wizard - c. 1896
5 x 7
Notes: The label on
the inside surface of the right-hand door reads: "Wide Angle / Manhattan Optical Co. of N.Y. / Cresskill, N.J.". It is shown with its
normal lens and shutter installed. The "wide angle" aspect of the camera
comes from two features: 1) the unmarked, rotating-stop wide angle lens that
screws to the left-hand side of the bed when not in use, and 2) the struts,
which extend beyond a 90° angle, allowing the bed to drop
down, out of the field of view of the wide angle lens.
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1898,
The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), copyright 1897, ads p.
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