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    What would you do with this?

    I don't have a lens or holders or a stand so I don't know if it's worth pursuing. The back slides to different positions and looks like 5x7 but I didn't have a tape measure with me.
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    Re: What would you do with this?

    I buy and use cameras like that

    but that's not an offer to buy

    I have enough of them

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    Re: What would you do with this?

    Is that a 5x7 sliding back on a 7x11 camera?

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    Re: What would you do with this?

    Looks like a penny camera from 1900-1910. Photographers would set up at a fair or tourist spot and charge a penny a photo. There were tin masks inside, coupled with the sliding back, allowed up to 20 or so photos on a 5x7 sheet. Once the sheet was full they developed, contact printed, and cut up the pics for an 'instant' portrait.

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    Re: What would you do with this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jody_S View Post
    Looks like a penny camera from 1900-1910. Photographers would set up at a fair or tourist spot and charge a penny a photo. There were tin masks inside, coupled with the sliding back, allowed up to 20 or so photos on a 5x7 sheet. Once the sheet was full they developed, contact printed, and cut up the pics for an 'instant' portrait.

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    The square bellows makes me think 1890s.


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    Re: What would you do with this?

    I have a slider back that is amazingly well made from fine wood

    and now it has a name

    Penny Back

    about 35mm per slide

    It looks confusing to remember where to slide in order

    I posted pics of it not long ago

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    Re: What would you do with this?

    So Campy, there are a lot of tourist spots in Boston. Set the camera up at one and charge a penny a picture. You will be rich in no time!

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    Re: What would you do with this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    So Campy, there are a lot of tourist spots in Boston. Set the camera up at one and charge a penny a picture. You will be rich in no time!
    I could make more having people posing with it and taking a picture with my digital.

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    Re: What would you do with this?

    Use it?
    Expert in non-working solutions.

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    Re: What would you do with this?

    Now that I'm in my office, mine is a 'Folmer Multiple Camera' (1929-37), successor to the Penny Picture camera (renamed because prices were up to $0.25/pic).

    There is a story, text from period ads, and pictures, here.

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