Holborn Stamp Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Holborn Stamp Camera

1901

George Houghton & Son

London

England

Image of Holborn Stamp Camera

Lens:
9 meniscus lenses, pin hole stops.

Shutter:
None.

Construction:
Cloth covered wood body.

Format:
9, ⅞" x 1 ⅛" exposures on a single 3 " x 4 " plate. All exposures are made at one time. Arranged 3 rows of 3.

Focusing:
Fixed.

With:
Holder for original photograph. Top of box showing a reproduction of a print from the camera. Single dark-slide.

From the 1880s there was a fashion to produce small novelty photographs either as prints on cards, buttons or imitation postage stamps. Photographs with the Holborn were made by re-photographing a print using a fancy border or mask. The resulting images could be contact printed onto paper with stamp-like perforations.

The Holborn was intended for amateur use and was, at 12/6, cheaply priced. It was sold with masks for carte de visite, cabinet and quarter-plate originals. Similar stamp cameras were sold by Sichel, J. Lancaster, Butcher (Royal Mail) and others. Stamp cameras were produced as early as 1887 (Hyatt).

References & Notes:
BJA 1902, p. 385.

Further Information:
BJA 1908, p.162. Description of Royal Mail. BJA 1906, p. 512. Lancaster advertisement. Phot. Dealer Dec/1903, p. ii. Sichel advertisement.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 20/9/1990 lot 176. Albemarle model.


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