Printing and Masking Frames - Antique and Vintage Cameras
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Printing frames were made in a variety of woods and occasionally metal and plastic. Early models held the paper and plate together by battens and wooden screws. Later models employed flat brass springs but for very large sizes the older form employing battens was still used.

Further Information:
Cyclopedia of Photography, p. 440.

Printing Frame

1894

Spratt Brothers

London

England

Two, For 6 " x 4 " plates. (Lower right of illustration).

Marion are listed as the agents.

References & Notes:
BP 23387/1894. Photographic News 15/5/1896.

Jaynay Non-Slip

J & A Wilkinson

Manchester

England

1) For 5 " x 3 " plates. Sold by Fred. V. A. Lloyd. 15 Lord St. Liverpool. (Lower left of illustration).
2) For 2 " x 3 " plates. Sold by J Lizars. Bold St. Liverpool.

Wilkinson patented a number of printing frame designs, the examples here use pins on the back that fit into slots on the side of the frame to prevent slippage.

References & Notes:
BP 22633/1900. BJA 1906, 1413. Butcher's British Cameras, 1924, p. 103.

Printing Frame

1890s

Scovil & Adams Co.

USA

For 7" x 5" plates. With indicator for the number of prints taken. Also sold under the N&G name in Britain. (Top left of illustration).

References & Notes:
N&G Cat. 1908, p. 165.

Primus

W. Butcher & Sons

London

England

For 5" x 4" plates. (Middle right of illustration).

Ensign

1906

Houghtons Ltd

London

England

For 3 " x 4 " plates. (Middle left of illustration).

The printing paper is gripped between a pressure bar and the edge of the negative. Spring to lift paper clear of the negative.

With:
Instructions.

References & Notes:
BP 3648/1904. BP 19943/1906. BJA 1907, 350. Clemitson Cat. 1909, p. 89.

Eastman Non-Slip

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

For 2 " x 3 " plates. (Top centre of illustration).

Bynoe Printing Frame

1892

R & J Beck

London

England

Image of Bynoe Printing Frame

1) For 3 " x 4 " negatives.
2) Two frames for 6 " x 4 ".

These are made from pressed sheet metal with a wooden back. The negative and paper are gripped by a spring clip, the wooden back is pressed against the frame by a hinged flat spring. Available in a finish of black paint or nickel plated.

References & Notes:
BP 8194/1892. BJA 1893, p. 170.

Johnson's Plastic Printing Frame

1946

Johnson & Sons Manufacturing Chemists Ltd

London

England

For 2 " x 3 " negatives.

References & Notes:
BJA 1947, p. 47.

Ensign Metal Printing Frame

Ensign Ltd

London

England

For 2 " x 4 " negatives.

Printing Frame

1) For 2 " x 1 ⅝" negatives.
2) 2 " x 2 ".
3) 3 " x 4 ". With glass vignette.
4) 3 " x 6 ".
5) 6 " x 4 ".
6) 3 " x 4 ".

Masking Frames

1) For 5 " x 3 " negatives. Made of teak, not adjustable. (Top right of illustration).
2) 5 " x 3 " negatives. Metal, not adjustable.

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