Developing - Plate Tanks - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Time Tank

c. 1911

Watkins Meter Co.

Hereford

England

Image of Time Tank

For 2 " x 3 " plates. Nickel plated.

The Time Tank was introduced in 1909, around 1911 the tank had an improved lid arrangement and was nickel plated rather than 'bronzed zinc'. This model was manufactured in the Watkins factory, previously they were made elsewhere. The Time Tank held plates horizontally so less developer would be used when only a few plates were developed. It was made in a range of sizes from 3 " x 3 " to half-plate, and later from 4 x 6.5 cm to whole-plate. A stereo 45 x 107 mm was also produced. Lids could be purchased separately so that different sizes of plate could be developed in a single base. Watkins was a promoter of 'Time' development over the inspection method.

References & Notes:
BJA 1910, p. 25, 683. BJA 1912, p. 25. BJA 1914, p. 25.

Dallan

1910s

David Allan

London

England

For 12 quarter-plates. Nickel plated.

David Allan produced a number of similar tanks for plates, cut-films and film packs. This example is the standard Dallan tank for plates or, with different inserts, cut-films and film packs. Early models were without the pouring spout. In the late 1930s the tanks were optionally made of stainless steel. Similar tanks were advertised by Allan into the 1950s. Produced in sizes from 4.5 x 6 cm to 6 " x 8 ".

David Allan were sheet metal workers who specialised in darkroom products. Established in 1868.

With:
Cut-film sheaths. Instructions. Box.

References & Notes:
BJA 1919, p. 538. BJA 1920, p. 726. BJA 1921, p. 676. BJA 1925, p. 596. BJA 1930, p. 342. Westminster Cat. 1939, p. 83.

Dallan

1930s

David Allan

London

England

For 12 quarter-plates. Stainless steel.

Klimax

c. 1910

W. Butcher & Sons Ltd

London

England

For 6 quarter-plates. Nickel plated. Version without hanging chain.

With:
Box.

Klimax

c. 1910

W. Butcher & Sons Ltd

London

England

For 6 quarter-plates. Nickel plated. Version with hanging chain.

The hanging chain allowed the tank to be suspended beneath a tap to wash the plates.

With:
Box.

References & Notes:
BJA 1911, pp. 140, 714. Ensign Cat 1931, p. 72.

Developing Tank

Service Co.

London

England

For 3 quarter-plates.

Notes:
Address: 292 & 293 High Holborn.

Developing Tank

For 12, 4.5 x 6 cm plates.

No. 2 Premo

c. 1908

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

For 12 films of 3 " x 4 ", 5 " x 3 ", 5" x 4", and 9 x 12 cm. This is intended specifically for film packs, it was also made in a larger size, No. 3.

References & Notes:
BP 1327/1908. BJA 1909, p. 703. Sinclair Cat (1910), p. 89. N&G Cat. c. 1911, p. 108. Westminster Cat. 1939, p. 85.

Envoy

c. 1947

Photo Developments Ltd

Birmingham

England

For 4, 3 " x 4 " plates. Made of Bakelite. Two models.

Also made for 2 " x 3 " plates.

With:
Loading jig. This fits over the top of the tank and has only two slots to load the plates, the jig is then turned over to load the other two plates.

References & Notes:
BJA 1948, p. 187.

Becoval

Birmingham Enginerring Co. Ltd.

Birmingham

England

For 3, 2 " x 3 " plates.

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