Block-Notes - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Block-Notes

1902

L. Gaumont & Cie.

Paris

France

Image of Block-Notes

Lens:
f6.5, 72mm Krauss Tessar. Sliding stops f6.3, f13. Serial no. 54033 .

Shutter:
Single-blade guillotine, second capping blade, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 (1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64). Lever for P setting.

Construction:
Metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
4.5 x 6 cm plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Direct-vision view-finder (lens/lens).

Serial Number:
3493 .

Notes:
Retailer's address on camera: Ross Ltd. 31 Cockspur St. London. S.W.

With:
Focusing screen. 8 single metal slides in pouch. 2 close-up lenses 1m and 1.5m in leather pouch. 5 glass plates. Pouch for camera.

The Block-Notes was the first of a number of miniature strut cameras using the 4.5 x 6 cm plate size popular in the 1900s.

The Block Notes was made in four sizes:

  • 4.5 x 6 cm, introduced 1902.
  • 6.5 x 9 cm.
  • 45 x 107 mm stereo, introduced c. 1904.
  • 6 x 13 cm stereo.

A wide range of lenses was available for the smallest size. Accessories included: filters, close-up lenses, shutter release, tripod adapter, magazine changing box, roll-film back, folding view-finder, and an enlarger.

The sliding aperture is accessed from inside the camera. The dark-slides are nickel with 'ELGE' on the tabs. The price was £9.12.6.

References & Notes:
BP 26068/1902. BJA 1906, p. 1254. AP 9/6/1908, p. 4. N&G Cat. c. 1911, p. 68. Sinclair Cat. 1910, p. 33. Lothrop, Century, p. 105.

Illustrations:
Prague Cat. 541. (small size stereo model). MA, 441, 442. (stereo models).

Stereo Block-Notes

c. 1904

L. Gaumont & Cie.

Paris

France

Image of Stereo Block-Notes

Lens:
Two f6.5, Krauss Tessar. Sliding stops f6.3, f10. Serial no. 51297 51292 .

Shutter:
Single-blade guillotine, second capping blade, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 (1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64). Lever for P setting.

Construction:
Metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
45 x 107 cm plates held in changing box.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Direct-vision view-finder (lens/lens).

Serial Number:
3669 .

With:
Changing box for 12 plates. Serial no. 1026. Leather case.

The stereo 45 x 107 mm model was available with single plate holders or a changing box, the Newman & Guardia catalogue of 1911 lists the changing box available as an accessory having the same registration as dark slides. This seems surprising unless an intermediate frame was used to adjust the film-plane registration. The rear of the septum can be disengaged. Other accessories for the smaller size stereo are similar to those available for the mono camera. Lenses listed are, Elgé Rapid Rectilinear, f6.8 Goerz Anastigmat, f6.3 Krauss Tessar, f6.8 Hermagis Aplanostigmat.

On this model the apertures are adjusted by a sliding tab on the front of the camera, the changing box is held in place by a spring mounted plate on the box which engages a stud on the back of the camera body. The Tessar model was priced at £17.0.0.

References & Notes:
BP 26068/1902. N&G Cat. c. 1911, p. 68. Fallowfield Cat. 1909-1910, p. 200.


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