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The Guildford half plate camera.
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Hello everyone,As a new member this is my first discussion. I'm looking for help with information on the latest addition to my camera collection. It's a half plate camera called "The Guildford" and…Continue

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Gordon Christie left a comment for Gerry Palmer
"Yes, I thought the same thing. I do think it's almost certain that Watkinson made the camera, or at a push Wilby, for Taylor's. Strange how little there is on the internet though."
Feb 7
Rob Tooley left a comment for Gerry Palmer
"I had intended to copy the two pages but it will be a few days before I get the camera set up. I have a 1/4 plate from Taylor's Drug  and have not managed to find an advert for it, they probably advertised locally or in non-photographic…"
Feb 7
Gerry Palmer replied to Gerry Palmer's discussion The Guildford half plate camera.
"Thanks very much for those links Gordon. I had seen one or two before when I was searching. I think it probably was made by Watkinson, but we may never know for sure.  "
Feb 5
Gordon Christie replied to Gerry Palmer's discussion The Guildford half plate camera.
"Check http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/site/companies5.html#W and scroll down to Watkinson. There was a connection between them and Taylor's."
Feb 5
Gordon Christie left a comment for Gerry Palmer
"I found a reference to a company by the name of Solomon on www.earlyphotography.co.uk and they operated out of Guilford Street in London (no "d") but I think yours has the "d"?"
Feb 5
Gordon Christie left a comment for Gerry Palmer
"I don't think it's online, Gerry. Maybe ask him to scan the page and attach to an email. Might not tell you more than he's given you already but it's something!"
Feb 5
Gordon Christie left a comment for Gerry Palmer
"Hi again Gerry, Did no-one on the other site manage to sort this out for you? Hope you're well, Regards, Gordon"
Feb 4
Rob Tooley replied to Gerry Palmer's discussion The Guildford half plate camera.
"Hi, Must be a different book, this is the Photography Annual 1898 edited by Henry Sturmey pages 501 and 511. There is very little extra information and no advertisement unfortunately. But it gives a rough date for the camera. Rob"
Feb 4
Gerry Palmer replied to Gerry Palmer's discussion The Guildford half plate camera.
"Hi Rob, Thanks for that info, I looked through every one of the 1200 plus pages, but couldn't find the reference to the Guildford anywhere. Sorry to be a pain, but could you give me a clue as to where in the Annual it is.  Best…"
Feb 3
Rob Tooley replied to Gerry Palmer's discussion The Guildford half plate camera.
"The Guildford is briefly reviewed in the Photography Annual of 1898, it was available as a camera body or as a 'set' which included a lens, roller-blind shutter and tripod. The company address is given as Guildford Street."
Feb 3
Gordon Christie replied to Gerry Palmer's discussion The Guildford half plate camera.
"Hi Gerry, I'm on another forum site - just Google "Large Format Photography Forum" - there you will get more replies, many will conflict with each other, some will end up fighting and disagreeing violently but you may get to the…"
Nov 14, 2016
Gerry Palmer replied to Gerry Palmer's discussion The Guildford half plate camera.
"Hi Gordon, Thanks very much for that info. I'd almost given up hope that anybody was going to reply. I shall certainly check out your suggestion and let you know how I get on. Best regards, Gerry."
Nov 14, 2016
Gordon Christie replied to Gerry Palmer's discussion The Guildford half plate camera.
"Hi Gerry, At a guess I would say it's made by Thornton-Pickard. I believe the bigger retail outlets could commission their own versions of popular makes and that included being given the ability to rename the camera. Looks very similar to T-P…"
Nov 14, 2016
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The Guildford half plate camera.

Hello everyone,As a new member this is my first discussion. I'm looking for help with information on the latest addition to my camera collection. It's a half plate camera called "The Guildford" and made for Taylor's Drug co Ltd. Leeds and London. It's fitted with a Bausch & Lomb rectilinear lens in an Eastman triple action shutter. This may not be the original lens/shutter as the lens board has certainly been replaced. I can find nothing about this camera on the internet, so any info would…See More
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At 21:24 on February 7, 2017, Gordon Christie said…
Yes, I thought the same thing. I do think it's almost certain that Watkinson made the camera, or at a push Wilby, for Taylor's. Strange how little there is on the internet though.
At 17:53 on February 7, 2017, Rob Tooley said…

I had intended to copy the two pages but it will be a few days before I get the camera set up. I have a 1/4 plate from Taylor's Drug  and have not managed to find an advert for it, they probably advertised locally or in non-photographic papers.

Rob

At 12:32 on February 5, 2017, Gordon Christie said…
I found a reference to a company by the name of Solomon on www.earlyphotography.co.uk and they operated out of Guilford Street in London (no "d") but I think yours has the "d"?
At 12:26 on February 5, 2017, Gordon Christie said…
I don't think it's online, Gerry. Maybe ask him to scan the page and attach to an email. Might not tell you more than he's given you already but it's something!
At 22:51 on February 4, 2017, Gordon Christie said…
Hi again Gerry,
Did no-one on the other site manage to sort this out for you?
Hope you're well,
Regards,
Gordon
 
 
 

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