College - Antique and Vintage Cameras

College

Model of c. 1920

Thornton-Pickard Manufacturing Co.

Altrincham

England

Image of College

Lens:
f7.7, 11" Aldis Uno Anastigmat No 3. Iris diaphragm to f45. Lens no. is written on box. Serial no. 1334 .

Shutter:
Thornton-Pickard T&I roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/90, B.

Construction:
Mahogany, finger joints. Black leather bellows with diagonal corners.

Format:
6 " x 8 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 3' 6". Double extension. Two focusing pinions both operate inner frame situated at the front and back of the bed. Straight cut rack and pinion.

Attributes:
Removable lens panel. Turntable in base.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front, tilting back.

Notes:
The number on the lens box seems too early if the numbers are consecutive. Number on one dark-slide : 305.

With:

  • 2 double dark-slides (1 - 4) with three, 6 " x 4 " and one 5 " x 3 " reducers . Lens cap. Lens box with Aldis label. Tripod.
  • Watkins Bee meter, version with 1 tint. Instructions, 11th edition (c. 1919), speed list d.1923.

This is a field camera with moderate specification, it does not have all the movements of some Thornton-Pickard cameras and was intended as a beginner's camera.

Originally available in quarter-plate, half-plate, and whole-plate sizes later, around 1909, a 7" x 5" size was added. The camera remained on sale into the 1920s. Separate rackwork to the rear standard was added c. 1909, later the rackwork for the rear standard was removed and the camera reverted to having two pinions, using a single rack, working on the inner frame and moving the front standard.

The option of an Aldis Uno did not appear until c. 1911, the price was 7.0.0.

References & Notes:
BJA 1907, pp. 244, 605. BJA 1908, p. 204. BJA 1910, p. 184. BJA 1911, p. 187. BJA 1912, p. 197.

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