Photoret - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Photoret

1893

Magic Introduction Co.

New York

USA

Image of Photoret

Lens:
c. f12, ¼", meniscus, fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Sector type, spring powered, B and I settings. Self-capping. The B setting is by placing a pin in a hole on the front of the camera.

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
6, ¼" x ¼" exposures on 2" diameter cut film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
By rotating the 'winding' stem 60 degrees the shutter is set and the film disc is moved for the next exposure.

Notes:
The box is marked "Style A".

With:
Wooden box. Magazine for film. 5 film discs.

The Photoret was designed by W.K.L. Dickson and Herman Casler. Its shape resembles a pocket watch but in use it was held upright. Some sources give the picture shape as hexagonal. On this example it is square with each corner cut off giving a very irregular octagon.

This example has the patent numbers on the back of the case, others have the patent dates on the front. Some models have the words "Time stop" around the B setting pin hole, this example does not.

References & Notes:
BP 21727/1893. US Pat 25/7/93, 28/11/93. Lothrop, Century, p.77. The Photogram 1894, p. 93.

Further Information:
Lothrop, Century, p.77. Version with patents on front of case and "Time stop" wording.

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