Imperial - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Imperial Ordinary

Imperial Dry Plate Co. Ltd

Cricklewood

England

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Ordinary.

  • Box of 6, 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Speed: 90 H&D. Hand written date of 31/8/34. Blue label, distributed by Ilford. Retailer's address of Sheffield Photo Co. 6 Norfolk Row. Sheffield.
  • Box of 6, 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Early red label.

References & Notes:
BJA 1909, p. 232. BJA 1917, p. 100. BJA 1931, p. 50. BJA 1936, p. 121. N&G Cat. 1908, p. 96.

Sovereign

Box of 5" x 4" plates. Speed: 175 H&D. Yellow label.

General purpose landscape plate having a speed of 150 - 175 H&D.

References & Notes:
BJA 1909, p. 232. BJA 1917, p. 100.

Process

Box of 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Early red label.

The Process plate gave strong contrast. When introduced the plate had a speed of 10 - 15 H&D, later (mid 1910s) increased to 20 - 25 H&D.

References & Notes:
BJA 1909, p. 232. BJA 1917, p. 101. BJA 1936, p. 121. N&G Cat. 1908, p. 96.

Eclipse Ortho Soft

c. 1922

Orthochromatic.
Box of 6 ½" x 4 ¾" plates. Speed: 850 H&D.

Eclipse Ortho Soft appeared around 1922 with a speed of 650 H&D. From 1928 the plate was also available with a speed of 850 H&D.

References & Notes:
BJA 1923, p. 84. BJA 1929, pp. 52, 318. BJA 1936, p. 121.

Imperial Gaslight Paper

Packet of 12, 4" x 5" papers. Rough.

This was available in rough and smooth finishes and later matt, semi-matt and glossy. Around 1923 Vigorous and Soft grades were introduced, previously only a single grade had been available. Rough finish ceased around 1920.

References & Notes:
BJA 1909, p. 235. BJA 1917, p. 101. BJA 1921, p. 97. BJA 1924, p. 73. BJA 1931.


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