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Compact Design with black bellows
Polished Wood and Brass fittings
Adjustable Wood Tri-Pod Stand

Stands 50" tall

OLD WEST WOODEN COMPACT VIEW CAMERANobleWares Image of 19th Century Old West View Camera on Tripod Stand NW4810 NW4810
Before photographic apparatus was made of plastic and metal, beautiful cameras were hand-crafted of finely polished woods, brass and leather. The golden age of wood cameras lasted from the birth of photography in 1839 to the early part of the 20th century. This 19th century compact wooden view camera replica is a beautiful reminder of this magical period of our History. Constructed with wooden and brass lens stand, connected to a black bellows which is attached to the photo plate holder in the back. Comes with a beautiful adjustable wood tripod with brass fittings and leg chains. A perfect stage prop or unique home decor item that will keep them all smiling in moments captured for a lifetime!
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Overall height 50"
Tripod Height Ext: 40"
Camera 11"Hx10"Wx10"D
Camera Colapsed 2"Hx10"Wx10"D
Tripod Leg Height 31"

The name is derived from camera obscura, Latin for "dark chamber", an early mechanism for projecting images in which an entire room functioned much as the internal workings of a modern photographic camera, except there was no way at this time to record the image short of manually tracing it. With the discovery of photosensitive compounds in the 1830′s, and exposure in closed boxes, the camera obscura was renamed simply camera or view camera. Early models consisted of two large wooden boxes that slid into each other to focus. A leather accordion like bellows soon followed as the dark expandable chamber connecting lens to photo plate allowing a precise focus without the intrusion of non-projected light. At one end was the lens and the other a ground glass that served as a focusing screen and then was replaced by the photosensitive plate to take the shot. The early machine was always used on a stand and could not abide by hand until it was able to film and shutter fast enough to counteract the vibrations of the pulse and photographers twitching. The following are links to a few of the famous photographers and their works on the subjects of the American Indian and Old West 1850 - 1920. Enjoy! William Henry Jackson, Edward Curtis, Adam Clark Vroman, Alexander Gardner, Orlando S. Goff , W. G. Chamberlain