Block-Notes - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Block-Notes

1902

L. Gaumont & Cie.

Paris

France

Image of Block-Notes

Lens:
f6.5, 72mm Krauss Tessar. Sliding stops f6.3, f13. Serial no. 54033 .

Shutter:
Single-blade guillotine, second capping blade, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 (1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64). Lever for P setting.

Construction:
Metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
4.5 x 6 cm plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Direct-vision view-finder (lens/lens).

Serial Number:
3493 .

Notes:
Retailer's address on camera: Ross Ltd. 31 Cockspur St. London. S.W.

With:
Focusing screen. 8 single metal slides in pouch. 2 close-up lenses 1m and 1.5m in leather pouch. 5 glass plates. Pouch for camera.

The Block-Notes was the first of a number of miniature strut cameras using the 4.5 x 6 cm plate size popular in the 1900s.

The Block Notes was made in four sizes:

  • 4.5 x 6 cm, introduced 1902.
  • 6.5 x 9 cm.
  • 45 x 107 mm stereo, introduced c. 1904.
  • 6 x 13 cm stereo.

A wide range of lenses was available for the smallest size. Accessories included: filters, close-up lenses, shutter release, tripod adapter, magazine changing box, roll-film back, folding view-finder, and an enlarger.

The sliding aperture is accessed from inside the camera. The dark-slides are nickel with 'ELGE' on the tabs. The price was £9.12.6.

References & Notes:
BP 26068/1902. BJA 1906, p. 1254. AP 9/6/1908, p. 4. N&G Cat. c. 1911, p. 68. Sinclair Cat. 1910, p. 33. Lothrop, Century, p. 105.

Illustrations:
Prague Cat. 541. (small size stereo model). MA, 441, 442. (stereo models).

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