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At 22:46 on January 13, 2015, J. Charles Chapuis said…

Thanks Gordon for the info. I am still mesmerized by this unique design. Circular plates would have been fun! Kind of the ones you find in magic lantern with multiple poses, because I assume the back of the camera rotates or is it the whole assembly?

Probably the whole thing as you can only twist the bellows slightly....

One last question it seems to be at least a 1/2 plate considering the size of the N&G patent shutter, or is it larger?

Best, Charles

At 21:21 on January 11, 2015, J. Charles Chapuis said…

Thanks Gordon,

I am trying to write an article on the history of the shutters and it is in the process of gathering more information on the Newman Patent that I discovered a picture of your incredible camera. Are you still owning it? How deep is it when folded? Seems that it takes standard plate holders.

Yes I took my little pic with a few of my Lancaster cameras and shutters.

I am hoping one day to have a small museum of these little gems, with a case full of nice shutters!


At 11:26 on April 15, 2010, Donald Stewart said…
Gordon - My apologies for not getting back to you but I managed to have a look at the IR book while down at Bradford a while ago. Sadly it didn't contain any new information so the search goes on. My opinion is that any very early IR stuff will be scientific and that using it as a pictorial medium came very late in the day. If, however , you know otherwise please let me know. I know that Bob Gates from the RPS has been trawling through Bradford's archive to try and iodentify any relevant images but so far has had little if any success.

Regards, Donald.
At 18:22 on August 31, 2009, Donald Stewart said…
Gordon - Thanks for this piece of information. it is just the sort of helpful source material for which I'm looking. Since you live in Edinburgh and I'm just outside Kinross might it be possible, if I can't find a copy myself, to meet up in the capital to allow me a quick look through the book and copying of any useful references? Again many thanks for your help. Regards, Donald.

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