Ilford plates & paper - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Ilford Dry Plates

Ilford Ltd

Ilford

England

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Ordinary.
Box of 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Britannia Works address.

Ordinary

Box of 3 ½" x 2 ½" plates. Speed: 70 H&D, 16°.

References & Notes:
BJA 1902, p. 561. BJA 1912, p. 423. BJA 1921, p. 192. Ilford Plates & Films, p. 6.

Special Rapid

1895

Box of 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates. Early red label, Britannia Works address.

Originally the speed was 270 H&D, this was raised to 700 H&D in 1923.

References & Notes:
BJA 1900, p. 508. Ilford Manual. Ilford Film & Plates, p6.

Chromatic

1897

Orthochromatic.
Box of 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates. Speed: 135 H&D.

References & Notes:
BJA 1900, p. 508. BJA 1902, p. 561. BJA 1912, p. 423. Ilford Manual. Ilford Film & Plates, p. 8.

Special Rapid Panchromatic

c. 1918

Panchromatic.

  • Box of 2 ½" x 3 ½" plates. Speed: 700 H&D, 25°, Ilford group D.
  • Box of 4 ½ x 6 cm plates.
  • Box of 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates. Speed: 700 H&D, 25°, Ilford group D.

Special Rapid Panchromatic appeared around 1918 replacing an early plate called simply panchromatic. The speed was 270 H&D. Around 1926 this was increased to 400 H&D and around 1938 to 700 H&D.

References & Notes:
BJA 1919, p. 166. BJA 1927, p. 148. BJA 1929, p. 162. BJA 1938, p. 100. Ilford Plates & Films, p. 9.

Soft Gradation Panchromatic

1928

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Panchromatic.

  • Box of 6, 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Speed: 700 or 2000 H&D.
  • P.P.10. Three boxes of 12, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates. Speed: 1200 H&D, Ilford group E, 28° Sch.
  • P.P.10. Two boxes of 12, 9 x 12 cm plates. Speed: Ilford group E, 28° Sch.
  • Box of 3 ½" x 2 ½" plates. Speed: 50 Weston, Ilford group E, 28° Sch.
  • Box of 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates. Speed: 50 Weston, Ilford group E, 28° Sch. Pink label.

These were intended for studio use where the soft gradation gave better tones under artificial light. The speed rating was 700 H&D in daylight or 2000 with half-watt illumination.

References & Notes:
BJA 1929, pp. 162, 306. Ilford Plates & Films, p. 9. Phot. Journal April 1928, p. iii.

Auto-Filter

c. 1923

  • Box of 3 ½" x 2 ½" plates. Speed: 400 H&D.
  • Box of 3 ¼" x 6 ¾" plates. Speed: 400 H&D, Ilford group C, 23° Sch. Cream and brown label.

References & Notes:
BJA 1924, p. 163. BJA 1926, p. 152. Ilford Plates & Films, p. 9.

Iso-Zenith

1923

Orthochromatic.

  • Box of 2 ½" x 1 ⅝" plates. Speed: 700 H&D.
  • Box of 12, 5 ½" x 3 ½" plates. Speed: 700 H&D.

Fast orthochromatic emulsion especially suited for half-watt illumination. Production probably ended around 1946.

References & Notes:
BJA 1924, p. 164. BJA 1945. Ilford Plates & Films, p. 7.

Golden Iso-Zenith

1929

Orthochromatic.
Box of 6, 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Speed: 1400 H&D. Golden diamond label.

This was a fast emulsion when introduced.

References & Notes:
BJA 1930, p. 161. Ilford Film & Plates, p. 7.

Thin-Film Half-Tone

1933

Panchromatic.
Box of 12, 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates.

Thin-Film Half-Tone was intended for photo-mechanical processes reproducing half-tone dots extremely sharply. The speed when introduced was 25 H&D.

References & Notes:
BJA 1934, p. 112. BJA 1935, p. 288.

Selochrome

c. 1937

  • Box of 12, 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Speed: 1500 H&D, Ilford group E, 30° Sch.
  • Box of 12, 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Speed: Ilford group E, 30° Sch.

References & Notes:
BJA 1939, p. 278.

FP4

Panchromatic.
Box of 3 ½" x 2 ½" plates. Speed: 80 Weston, Ilford group E, 30° Sch. Late label.

HP3

1942

Panchromatic.

  • Three boxes of 12, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates. Speed: 200 Weston, Ilford group G, 34° Sch. Late yellow/green label. Hand written date of 1.8.1955.
  • Box of 12, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates. Speed: 6000 H&D, Ilford group G, 34° Sch. Yellow/red label.

HP3 was a fast panchromatic emulsion introduced in 1940 as Selo HP3 roll-film. In 1942 a plate version appeared and in 1943 35 mm and cut-film versions were introduced. The speed when introduced was 32° Sch. (Ilford group F) which was soon increased to 33° Sch. (Ilford group G).

References & Notes:
BJA 1943, pp. 54, 177. BJA 1944, pp. 52, 58, 174.

HPS

1952

Panchromatic.
Box of 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates. Speed: 400 Weston, Ilford group H, 37° Sch.

Very high speed emulsion.

Warm Black Lantern

c. 1929

6 ½" x 3 ¼" plates.

References & Notes:
BJA 1930, p. 162. Westminster Annual 1939, p. 111.

G.72 Formolith Plates

Orthochromatic
6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates.

An emulsion of extreme contrast and high resolution producing exceptionally dense and sharp-edged lines and dots. Particularly suitable for producing line and screen positives and negatives.

Selo Paper

c. 1933

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Gaslight paper.

  • Packet of 17, 2 ¾" x 4 ½" papers. Soft glossy single-weight. Price 1/-.
  • Packet of 26, 3 ½" x 2 ½" papers. S 3 1P. Normal glossy single-weight. Instructions. Sold by T.H. Doublet Ltd. 109 Finsbury Pavement. London EC2.
  • Box of 144, 3 ½" x 2 ½" papers. Soft satin card.

Surfaces included glossy, matt, satin and cream rayon.

References & Notes:
BJA 1934, p. 120. Westminster Annual 1939, p. 117.

Plastika Paper

c. 1939

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Bromide paper.

  • Box of 144, 5 ½" x 3 ½" papers. B 3 K Matt Contrasty Double-weight.

References & Notes:
BJA 1939, p. 257.

Bromide Paper

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Bromide paper.

  • Packet of 10, 6 ½" x 8 ½" papers. B 2 1P Normal Glossy Single-weight. Marked 'New Range'.
  • Packet of 10, 10" x 8" papers. B 1 LP Soft Glossy Single-weight. Marked 'New Range'.
  • Two packets of 10, 10" x 8" papers. B 3 26P Vigorous Velvet Stipple Single-weight.

This was originally introduced in the 1880s, by the 1898 it was available in Smooth and Rough surfaces and in Slow and Rapid grades, a Platino-Matt surface became available at this time.

Some of the packets listed above have a new range of contrast values, these were probably introduced in the 1940s. Ilford Grades:

Old RangeNew Range
Soft1Soft1
Normal2Soft1
Vigorous3Normal2
Contrasty4Hard3
Extra Contrasty5Extra Hard4
Ultra Contrasty6Ultra Hard5

Clorona Paper

1931

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Chloro-Bromide paper.

  • Packet of 6, 10" x 8" papers. Normal, Natural Grain, White, Double-weight.

Produced rich, warm, colours, initially aimed at portrait photography.

References & Notes:
BJA 1932, pp. 115, 311.

Specimen Surfaces of Ilford Bromide, Plastika and Contact

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A folder listing the different surfaces available for Ilford printing paper together with examples.


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