View Full Version : Info on a 6.25x 8.25

Louie Basso
11-Apr-2010, 19:20
I have a 6.25 x 8.25 camera called The National Camera does anyone know anything about this camera.

Ernest Purdum
14-Apr-2010, 13:39
"National" was, and I think is, a tradename of the Matsushita Electric Trading Co.. Their other tradename "Panasonic" is probably familiar to you. I have only a very vague recollection of encountering a "National" camera, but Matsushita had very broad distribution of photo-related items, so adding a camera would have made sense. I doubt, however, that they made the camera themselves. They were probably distributing the product of a rather small workshop, rather similar to those producing many of our large format cameras today. Matsushita might still be able to tell you.

If you have any questions about the camera design, I may be able to help.

14-Apr-2010, 13:59
Use Google. You'll find about the old English manufacturer...

Dan Fromm
14-Apr-2010, 14:55
Possibly US-made. No mention of a National camera in Channing and Dunn.

Chauncey Walden
14-Apr-2010, 16:27
I did the Google thing and found this:
It looks like it is an English Butcher "National" plate camera.

Ernest Purdum
15-Apr-2010, 18:19
I had forgotten about the British camera of that name. GPS and Chauncey, you are very likely to be correct.