Enlargers - Box Form - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Enlargers - Box Form

Box-form enlargers consist of a box often pyramid shaped, a negative holder at one end, a paper holder at the other and a lens in between. They were often called Daylight enlargers which was the normal illumination though magnesium (flash), gas light or electric could also be used. The scale of enlargement was generally fixed. Some models could take two negative sizes with two corresponding paper sizes. Better models were fitted with dark-slides to hold the paper others had to be loaded in the darkroom. A simple shutter is often present.

References & Notes:
BJA 1915, p. 360. BJA 1931, p. 169. Cyclopedia of Photography, p. 220.

Gaumont

c. 1905

L. Gaumont & Cie.

Paris

France

Image of Gaumont

Construction:
Walnut with black cardboard sides.

Format:
4.5 x 6 cm negatives, 18 x 13 cm and 21 x 18 cm prints.

Notes:
Address: Gaumont & Co. Cecil Court. London.

With:
Negative. Dark-slide with 18 x 13 cm reducer.

This was for use with the Block-Notes camera. The negative carrier is removable. The dark-slide has a removable panel to load the paper and resembles a wet-plate slide.

Cône D'Agrandissement pour Verascope

J. Richard

Paris

France

Image of Cône D'Agrandissement pour Verascope

Construction:
Wooden sides with brass lens and negative holder.

Format:
4.5 x 4.5 cm negatives, 18 x 18 cm prints.

Serial Number:
3272 .

Notes:
Address: 10 Rue Halevy and 25 Rue Melingue.

With:
Dark-slide with thick glass plate.

This was for use with the Verascope camera. The top, brass section, holds a lens and simple flap shutter.

V.P.K. Enlarging Camera

c. 1912

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

Image of V.P.K. Enlarging Camera

Construction:
Cardboard and wood.

Format:
1 ⅝" x 2 ½" negatives, 5 ½" x 3 ½" prints.

Notes:
Kingsway address on instructions. Retailer: City Sale & Exchange. 54 Lime St. EC.

With:
Border masks. Instructions. Box.

References & Notes:
Kodak Cat. 1915, p.44.

No. 2 Brownie Postcard Enlarging Camera

Canadian Kodak Co.

Toronto

Canada

Construction:
Cardboard and wood.

Format:
2 ¼" x 3 ¼" negatives, 5 ½" x 3 ½" prints.

With:
Border masks.

References & Notes:
BJA 1908, p. 770.

Helinox

c. 1931

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

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Lens:
f6.3 Novar

Construction:
Metal.

Format:
3 x 4 cm negatives, 9 x 12 cm prints.

Attributes:
Electric illuminant. Opal diffuser. Draw to load paper.

The Helinox was introduced for use with the Baby Ikonta and other 16 on 127 cameras. Shortly afterwards a model for 35 mm was introduced. The 3 x 4 cm size came in two models for either 3 ½" x 2 ½" or 9 x 12 cm prints. The 35 mm models were for either 3" x 2" or 9 x 12 cm prints. Postcard paper could be used with the 9 x 12 cm models. The normal bulb was 40 or 50 watts. The lamphouse could be removed for daylight use.

References & Notes:
BJA 1932, p. 277.

Zeiss box form

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

For daylight use.

Construction:
Cardboard.

Format:
3 x 4 cm negatives, 6.5 x 9 cm prints.


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