Dandycam - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Dandycam

c. 1911

W. Butcher & Sons Ltd

London

England

Image of Dandycam

Lens:
Single element lens.

Shutter:
Hand operated flap.

Construction:
Wood body with leatherette covering.

Format:
12, 1" diameter ferrotype plates.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through the taking lens via a mirror combined with the flap shutter which reflects the image onto a yellow ground glass screen.
Pulling a sliding plate releases the ferrotype disc into the developer/fixer tank below, a new ferrotype is pushed into a recess in the sliding plate by a coiled spring, when the sliding plate is pushed back into the camera body the new ferrotype is in the taking position.
Compartment for combined developer/fixer solution.

With:
Tank. 2 plates.

This is one of the simplest ferrotype button cameras resembling an ordinary box camera of the day. According to advertisements a finished photograph could be produced in 5 minutes. The buttons were loaded into the side of the camera and pressed, by a coiled spring, towards the back where one was held in a slide.

The price in 1914 was 7/6, plates were 6d per dozen the same price as Dandycam developer which was available in liquid or powder form. Dandycam brooches were 2 shillings per dozen.

References & Notes:
BJA 1912, p. 161. Photographic Fashions, 1914, p. 22.


Company Details:

Butcher & Son

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