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Can anyone help identify the 'photographic tool' (no. 103) shown below?
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I did use a wooden frame like this in my darkroom days to contact 120 film frames. It turned up in a box of bits from my grandfather. I hadn't realised (though I should have) it might be so old. It'll still be around somewhere though it's a while since I did any wet photography...
We also still have a homemade enlarger which my father built out of old paint tins somewhere in the 50s! Make do and mend eh?
These were called Actinometers, for making test strips. They were used for 'sun printing' or in the darkroom.
Thank you for the input. I will look into the Paterson lead you've provided. I'm new here, and failed to get the explanation I wanted in the original post, which is this:
This belonged to a 19th c. Japanese photographer named Yasu Kohei (1846-1917). We don't know the purpose, but are guessing it was some sort of graduated exposure box. It's going into an exhibition in March and I have to figure out how to describe it in English.
I remember the Paterson one with the flaps. if the numbers are printed on the glass I would think its something similar. As Colin said pop a piece of paper in then reveal as per seconds on glass. Patrick
It's difficult to see from the photograph but could it be a form of test strip printer in a box? Maybe each segment could be flipped up and the strip of paper underneath then builds up a series of exposures. I think Paterson made something similar to this concept.
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