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David Gardner commented on David Gardner's blog post Research: Geoffrey Gilbert and the Gilbert box camera
"Glad to see you spotted the information on the photo memorabilia website.  Some of the information on the Gilbert is from me, and I am hoping to be able to say more about the production numbers as and when collectors provide serial numbers.…"
Sep 2, 2020
David Gardner commented on David Gardner's blog post Research: Geoffrey Gilbert and the Gilbert box camera
"You're quite right, the Gilbert was used by the police to record bad driving.  It was pictured in an AP advert in August 1955 and looks quite threatening with two burly policemen looking out from behind the windscreen.  This…"
Sep 2, 2020
David H Davison commented on David Gardner's blog post Research: Geoffrey Gilbert and the Gilbert box camera
"I remember an an announcement in the British Journal of Photography to the effect that Gilbert cameras were being fitted to police cars to record traffic vioations. I have no recollection of the year, probably between 1956 and 58. I wonder was this…"
Sep 1, 2020
Gordon Christie commented on David Gardner's blog post Research: Geoffrey Gilbert and the Gilbert box camera
"P.S. I think it may mention rough production numbers. https://www.photomemorabilia.co.uk/Paterson/RFHunter_History.html"
Sep 1, 2020
Gordon Christie commented on David Gardner's blog post Research: Geoffrey Gilbert and the Gilbert box camera
"Your request prompted a search as this is a camera that I have often thought of adding to my collection of (mostly odd) cameras. They are now advertised for sale on the well known auction site at £140 having originally cost £3 11s 11d…"
Sep 1, 2020
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Research: Geoffrey Gilbert and the Gilbert box camera

I am researching the history of the Gilbert box camera and its designer, Geoffrey Gilbert.  The camera was made in the 1950s and had an unusual steel body covered in artificial lizard skin.  This camera will be familiar to many.I am trying to…See More
Aug 25, 2020

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Research: Geoffrey Gilbert and the Gilbert box camera

I am researching the history of the Gilbert box camera and its designer, Geoffrey Gilbert.  The camera was made in the 1950s and had an unusual steel body covered in artificial lizard skin.  This camera will be familiar to many.…

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Posted on August 25, 2020 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

Research: Ensign Multex

Those of us with an interest in British cameras will know the Ensign Multex as an interesting and collectable camera from the late 1930s.  It is unusual in being a 14 on 127 camera with a coupled rangefinder focussing down to 21 inches.  

Launched in 1936 as “The British Precision Miniature Camera” it moved quickly through 3 variants (Model I, Model II and Model 0 in that order) in less than 3 years and then disappeared.

I am in the…

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Posted on February 4, 2019 at 17:42

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