Stopit - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Stopit

c. 1900

No. 1

J. Lancaster & Son

Birmingham

England

Image of Stopit

Lens:
Single achromat.

Shutter:
Rotary sector shutter. Hand operated (no spring or rubber band). Marked Lancaster's Patent.

Construction:
Leather covered wood.

Format:
6, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates, falling plate mechanism.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Brilliant finder.

Identification:
Version with exposure indicator.

This is a small falling plate camera of simple specification for only six plates. The front cover can be removed to give access to the shutter.

The shutter is described as a T & I but the I setting is dependent on how quick the release lever is moved.

Stopit was a name used by Lancaster from the late 1890s for a range of cheap detective cameras using removable plates. In the British Journal Photographic Almanac (BJA) of 1899 a new range was announced as the 'M Stopit' these were similar to the ordinary Stopit but had a falling plate (magazine) mechanism. The following year, 1900, the cameras are listed as Stopit and had the magazine arrangement, the removable plate models were not listed. Three models were listed:

  • No. 1 Single finder, capacity for six plates.
  • No. 2 Focusing.
  • No. 3 Two finders, focusing and capacity for twelve plates.
Each model was available in quarter-plate and half-plate, the larger models being numbered 4, 5 and 6.

Over its lifetime the specification of the three models changed. From 1902 an exposure counter was added. In 1903 the No. 1 was optionally available for twelve plates. In 1904 a version with a rapid rectilinear lens was produced.

References & Notes:
BP 4462/1899 (Shutter). BJA 1898, p. 456. BJA 1899, p. 470. BJA 1900, p. 455. BJA 1901, p. 487. BJA 1902, p. 481. BJA 1904, p. 504. BJA 1905, p. 501.


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