Telephot - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Telephot

c.1913

British Ferrotype Co.

Blackpool

England

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Lens:
Doublet of two plano-convex elements. Fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, B setting. Operates between the lens.

Construction:
Nickel plated metal body.

Format:
100, 1" diameter exposures on ferrotype buttons.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
The base contains four developer/fixer troughs.

Serial Number:
2219 .

With:
48 unexposed buttons, stamped made in Holland. Rubber bulb release.

This is a ferrotype button camera roughly shaped like a telescope. The 1910s were a popular time for button photographs and many novelty cameras were produced. The base contains four troughs, these all held a combined developer/fixer. Having four troughs allowed the photographer to continue working while buttons were being developed. Unexposed buttons are loaded through the 'eye-piece' of the telescope and pushed forward by a spring. The shutter is operated by a bulb release. Operating a lever on the side of the camera allows the exposed button to drop into the developing bath in the circular base of the camera and the next button to be held in the exposing position.

This type of camera was mostly used at the seaside or fairgrounds.

References & Notes:
BJA 1914, p. 1172.

Further Information:
Sci. Mus. Cat. p.119. Coe, Cameras, p.181.

Illustrations:
Holmes, Age of Cameras, p.156.

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