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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    How about a Kodak. I forget the model number; but, I had a Kodak that looked similar.

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Maybe Gundlach...

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Looks like a Gundlach/Korona. Check out eBay - there is a 4x5 Gundlach up with the same metal top-bar with raised-ridge (for stability/nonbending). The nameplate on that one is small, held on w/2 screw/nails. Some of the Gundlach/Koronas have a glue-on decal with is a lot less durable. The rest of the hardware looks like it came out of the same stock-bin as your photos. Back in the day, Eastman/Empire/Kodak & Gundlach/Korona were all centered in Rochester, New York & probably used a lot of the same suppliers. Kodak bought up/merged with Empire & Century & took over, then (supposedly) cheapened their product line. Kodak needed more cameras out there to buy more of their main product line, plates & film.--alfredian

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    The closest models I can find are a Kodak 2D or Empire state models. There were slight variations as the cameras were made for Kodak and others by many builders in the late 19th and early 20th Century including, of course, EHT Anthony. But the rear tilt and the front having only rise/fall, and the hardware placement lead me to those models.

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Definitely not a Kodak 2D. Hardware is all wrong.

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Back again - It's a Korona most likely, and the bellows are indeed right-way 'round. I have a pair of Korona 4x5s & they have rings on top - they hook onto a latch on the front riser. This is to (I think) gather in slack if the bellows in only partly extended - they tend to sag otherwise. A member had a Korona 8x20 for sale a few months ago & it had a series of 2-3 rings per side. They latched onto a hook back on the rear frame, as does your example. I wouldn't trust the old loop-straps - they are leather and brittle, at least my older one is. I'd use a balloon or something to prop up a saggy bellows.--alfredian

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