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I am a curator currently researching half-plate size (approx. 4.75 x 6.5 inches) cameras and accessories available in Sydney, Australia, from the early 1920s that might have been used to create a series of portraits on dry plate negative held in our collection.
While half-plate was a common size, I am wondering how the photographer might have exposed two different images on a single negative. Please see example photographs at links below.
An advertisement from a local photographic journal published in 1923 for the Eastman View camera series - Eastman View Camera No. 1 and Eastman View Camera No 2 – includes the statement “The back is reversible and furnished with a vertical cut-off board, so that two negatives may be made on one plate if desired”.
- Would anyone know if this type of plate holder is unique to Eastman brand cameras, or even these specific models?
- If not, what were the brands/ model/ details for plate holders that allowed two exposures on one negative?
- Were these plate holders like this generally available for sale and during what period?
Any feedback on this research would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance!
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