Oxford Automan - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Oxford Automan

1902

Thornton-Pickard Manufacturing Co.

Altrincham

England

Construction:
Leather covered wood body, leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates held in dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows, double extension, scale to 6 feet.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder. Self-erecting front. Spring back.

Movements:
Rising front.

Notes:
Retailer's plaque: Westminster Photographic Exchange. 119 Victoria St. London. S. W.

The Focal Plane Automan appeared in 1901 and was one of the first self-erecting folding cameras. Later that year or early in 1902 the Oxford Automan and Roll-film Automan were placed on sale. The Oxford was a normal 'Hand and Stand' camera except for the self-erecting feature and a spring back, more commonly found on American cameras of that period. The Oxford and Roll-film models were made only in the quarter-plate size. The Focal Plane model was produced in quarter-plate and 5" x 4" sizes. These cameras were very similar except for the different backs.

Around 1906 these three models were replaced by the Nimrod Automan series of cameras.

The unusual focusing arrangement of a lever moving the front standard along a rod fixed to the baseboard was based on H. P. Tattersall's 1900 patent.

References & Notes:
BP 15640/1900. BP 20226/1900. BJA 1902, p. 1266. BJA 1903, pp. 925, 1297. BJA 1905, p. 1284. Falchenberg, British Hand & Stand Cameras, p. 20.

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Holliday, Thornton-Pickard Cameras & Equipment.

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