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    Help identifying a camera in another state

    My best friend just went back home to louisiana for the first time in many years and discovered a shed filled with camera gear at her late grandfather's house.

    These are the only two photos she texted me, so I'm sorry I don't have more information than this. Unfortunately she can't ship this thing to me this trip, but her family told me I could have it next time we head down there. (at begged her to at least bring the lens back)

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    can anybody here tell what this is from these pictures?
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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    From these shots, very old!

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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    Could the hole on the lens board be for mounting a Packard shutter? The name plate above the lens reminds me of Kodak/ROC.


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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    No guessing its a Ansco 8x10 studio camera w/ 28" bellows & an undersized Magic lantern lens all from around 1910-1920's. The sliding carriage w/ a 5x7 ground glass back is lying down behind the rear rail.

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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

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    can anybody here tell what this is from these pictures?
    Looks to me like a pinky wash cloth, a towel, possibly made of plush terry and edged with cotton piping. Nothing to brag about, quite frankly.

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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    shed full of camera stuff?

    I'd be on the highway within an hour

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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    Quote Originally Posted by DrTang View Post
    shed full of camera stuff?

    I'd be on the highway within an hour
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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    Friend is on a flight back to brookyln right now, she managed to pack that stuff up so we can get it next time we're in town. At least she grabbed me that lens and some film holders.
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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    I'll take some pictures of it later this evening when I get home, but I've kind of identifies the mystery lens:

    The lens barrel is about 75-80mm wide, and about 7-9 inches long. the barrel that holds the two lens groups together is very polished alluminum, honestly I was surprised how clean and reflective that metal was after all these years, the flange and surrounding barrel (i dont know what these piece is called) looks like its brass plated metal (cause the brassy color is chipping off). While I was cleaning the dust off the thing I noticed the faintest faintest three letters marked onto the barrel: "eop" after combing thru lots of ebay images, I found an image that looked just like the typeface on those markings: "mcintosh stereopticon"

    anybody played around with a mcintosh? the glass on this thing is in really good and clear condition, only one scratch on the rear group. Unfortunately, i think this thing is far too big to mount on my dinky 4x5 cameras, the bellows don't even extend far enough (i tried making making a lensboard out of extra matteboard i had)
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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    Like I said in my previous post it's a Magic lantern/stereopticon (Petzval) lens made for use on the front of a magic lantern slide/stereopticon projector but can certainly be used a portrait lens w/ fine results.
    It was more then likely made in the late 1800's or early 1900's and should have the classic Petzval lay out w/ a glued pair in front and a air spaced pair in the rear. Here's a link to a McIntosh catalog on the Internet Archive https://archive.org/details/Illustra...LanternsImages

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