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National Science and Media Museum
The objects on display at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies, and their impact on our lives.
Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera
1839 (original); c. 1988 (replica)
Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera. Sliding box camera for daguerreotype plates up to 300x220cm. Plate holder replica of original in Museum of Science, Oxford. Achromat lens; sliding lens cover. Ex-Cromer Collection (donated April 1950). Stand is a modern replica by Science Museum workshop about 1988.
The Dance in the Park
Framed and glazed silhouette artwork title The Dance in the Park by Lotte Reiniger, 1956. Signed by artist. The work was created by Reiniger as a birthday present for the object donor.
Ilford Witness camera
Ilford Witness camera. 35mm camera; coated Dallmeyer Super-Six anastigmat lens, F:2"; f1.9-22 in bayonet mount, Serial No 373726. Fabric focal plane shutter - two speed rings: 1-T/2/4/8/B-25 and BT/25-1/50/100/250/500/1000. Coincident coupled rangefinder, focussing inf.-3'; movable stop flash synchronising sockets. Accessory shoe.
Reid II SLR Camera
Reid II single lens reflex camera35mm camera for 24 x 36mm pictures. Coated Taylor Hobson Anastigmat lens. F:2 inches f/2-16, Serial No 328898. Fabric focal plane shutter 1/2/5/8/20/30/40/60/100/200/500/1000/T. Interchangeable lens, Leica thread. Coupled rangefinder coincidence type, separate direct vision viewfinder. Flash synchronised, two coaxial sockets for electronic and flash bulbs. Accessory shoes. Reid and Sigrist. Camera Serial No P3277.
Kodak Retina (Type 117)
Retina camera type 117. Folding camera for 35mm for 24 x 36mm. Fitted with a Schneider Xenar lens F: 5cm, f/3.5 No 694235. Compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/300/B/T. Helical focusing of whole lens to 3.5 feet. Direct vision optical finder. Rotary exposure counter. Depth of field scale. No. 449875. Kodak AG, 1934-1935.
Voigtlander daguerreotype camera
Daguerreotype camera made by Voigtlander & Sohn, Wien. All metal camera for circular daguerreotype plates 95mm in diameter. Petzval lens c.f/3.8; conical focusing screen holder; darkroom loaded; camera rests on telescopic stand with three levelling screws. Plate holder and lens hood possibly reproductions. No 81.
Logitech FotoMan digital camera
Logitech FotoMan (Digitalkamera aus der Steinzeit) RA digital camera. Monochrome digital camera. First truly digital camera. 320x240 (latter 376x284) resolution; 1Mb internal RAM; fixed focus f4.5 lens. Serial No FAL22921198. In recharging stand, built-in flash. Logitech, Switzerland, 1990
35mm camera for 50 exposures 32 x 24mm. Wray unilite lens F:50mm f/2-22. Serial No 110095. With fabric focal plate shutter 2/5/10/25/50/100/250/500/1000/B. Automatic exposure counter, shutter cocked and film wound on by recess key in base. Reflex viewing via mirror giving laterally reversed image. Small magnifier in centre of ground glass screen. S-1906. Wray, 1951.
The Demon Detective camera
O'Reilly's Patent No 10823. Conical metal camera for 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch plates, uncemented achromatic lenses c.F:1 1/2 inch fixed aperture and focus. Flap and shutter before lens work by elastic band. The American Camera Company, c.1890.
Stereo Realist 2.8 camera
David White Co., Milwaukee, Wisc. Stereocamera for 35mm film 2 x 24mm. Two White Anastigmat lenses f/2.8-22. Two blade shutters 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/200/B/T/ Couple ling base split image rangefinder; separate direct vision optical finder. Hinged lens cover; 'hot' accessory shoe. No 004304. In everready case.
Contax S camera
VEB Carl Zeiss Ikon Jena, East Germany. Solid body 35mm refelx camera for 35mm film 24x36mm. Zeiss, Jena, Tessar lens F:5cm f/3.5-22, No 3220957, interchangeable, screw thread, helical focusing through pentaprism. Fabric focal plane shutter, horizontal travel 1/2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/B, delayed action lever. Body release, with lock-on time exposures. Film type and speed indicator on rewind knob. Knob windon.
Camera Lite camera Model B
Box of 3 Minori Pan SS films for Suzuki Camera Lite Model b. 6x6mm 20 exposures; high speed, non-halation, fine grade, ultra. Develop before January 1957. With instruction leaflet.
Camera Lite camera Model B
Subminiature camera for 8mm wide film 6x6mm concealed in cigarette lighter' f/8 lens, B/I shutter, fixed focus; frame finder in lighter top; functioning flint/petrol ligther.
Solid-body coupled rangefinder camera for 35mm film 24x36mm. Zeiss Tessar lens F:5cm f/2.8-22, No 1543338. Tube errected, helical focusing coupled to coincidence type rangefinder (faulty), depth of field scale. Metal vertical running focal plane shutter 23/50/100/200/500/1000/T. Direct vision optical finder, seperate from rangefinder. Rotary frame counter; accessory shoe. Lens interchangeable, on three point bayonet mount. Sliding mask for tele lens over viewfinder. No A U 65520.
Packaging for Camera Lite camera Model B
Original carton with plastic slip case and instruction leaflet 'Picture taking with 'Camera Lite''.
Kodak Super Six-20 camera
Folding camera for 620 rollfilm 2 1/4 x 3 1/4". Kodak Anastigmat Special lens No 689, F:100mm, f/3.5-22. Five blade shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/200/B/T. Aperture setting coupled directly to photoelectric cell for automatic exposure control. Helical front-cell focusing coupled to split image rangefinder with triangular central field, combined with viewfinder. With leather hand strap. Lever wind-on. No 59714. The camera was designed by Joseph Mihalyi and styled by Walter Dorwin Teague.
Eumig C4 8mm Cine Camera
eumig C4 cine camera. For doublerun 8mm film; Berthiot Perlynx lens F12.5, f/2.5, No 301897. Electric motor drive; DV optical finder.
Halina Rolls 35mm
Halina Rolls 35mm. camera; Serial No 923; with 45mm f3.5 Halina anastigmat lens; bought by Phyllis McLaughin at Grattan's where she worked for £5/19/6d, 1964.
'Humpty' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Humpty', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
Viscawide-16 Panoramic Camera
Viscawide-16 panoramic camera Serial No 60802. Lausar f=2.5cm lens 1:3.5. c. 1960. 'Sansho LL' written on base.
Edison Kinetophone (or Phonokinetoscope)
Edison Kinetophone (or Phonokinetoscope); Kinetoscope with cylinder phonograph, an early attempt at creating a sound-film system; early motion picture exhibition device, designed for films to be viewed individually through an aperture on the top of the cabinet.
Pocket Tripod for Compass Camera
Pocket tripod in fountain pen shape. Opens to 9 or 12 inches high with a built in ball and head socket. Jaegar LeCoultre, 1937.
Agfa Flexilette Twin Lens Reflex Camera
Twin lens reflex camera for 35mm film, 24 x 36mm. Fitted with two Agfa color Apotar lens F: 45mm, f/2.8-22, coated. Helical focusing mount with finder lens, reflex screen with split image finder in centre. Folding hood with magnifier and optical frame finder. Prontor shutter 1/2/5/8/15/30/125/250/500/B. Coaxial flash socket. X-Synch. Lever wind. Rotary exposure counter. Film type reminder wheel. With lens hood. Serial No AB 3850. Agfa c.1961.
Kodak Kodascope 8 Model 30 projector
Kodak Kodascope 8 Model 30 projector. For 8mm film 200 feet reels, claw intermittent, 2 sprockets. Motor speed control, lamp switch, for 110 or 240 volts.
Kodak EK8 Instant camera
Folding camera for Kodak Instant Print film PR-10; auto exposure; darken-lighten control; brightline finder incorporating coincidence rangefinder; battery test button; flip-flash socket; motorised picture ejection.
De Luxe frena camera
Magazine box camera for notched cut films 2 1/2 x 3 /12 inches. Fitted with a beck Steinheil Orthostigmat lens No. 10395 US 8-255, four apertures in rotating plate. Rotary shutter 5/10/20/40/ aperture and shutter setting visible through lens. Shutter set through panel in base. With two reflecting finders, spirit level in film change handle with two Taylor Taylor Hobson double levels added. Covered in stitched calf leather with gilt fittings. R & J Beck.
Tom & Jerry Animation Cel
Tom and Jerry animation cel showing Jerry being hit by a rock.
Tom & Jerry Animation Cel
Tom and Jerry animation drawing showing Jerry being hit by a rock.
Tom & Jerry Animation Cel
Tom and Jerry animation drawing showing Tom wearing shorts and stretching a catapult.
Nicnon TF.S binocular camera outfit
Nicnon TF.S binocular camera outfit, 7 x 50 prismatic binoculars, variable interocular separation, centre wheel focusing, calibrated in feet, =2, -4 dioptre adjustment on each eyepiece. Field 300 ft at 1000 yds. Nicnon lenses F/3.5, F: 165mm coated. Righthand lens Serial No103548 sliding lens hood. Halframe 35mm camera fitted to side of righthand lens, motorwind, shutter speeds 1/60, 1/125/ 1/250. Corss graticule in righthand section. Accessory show, tripod bush. With leather neckstrap. Serial No.703609. Nichiryo international corp ltd. c.1974.
Calotype camera used by William Henry Fox Talbot, c 1841
Calotype camera with lens and metal focussing cover, (mahogany), c 1839-1842. Camera owned and used by William Henry Fox Talbot; made by Andrew Ross. During 1838 and 1840 Talbot purchased a number of cameras to make photogenic drawings from the London instrument maker, Andrew Ross. Equipped with simple lens there is also an inspection hole in the lens panel above the lens that was use to check that the image was centrally located on the sensitive paper and correctly focused.
Flash Reflector With 'Sashalite' Flash Bulb
Hand-held flash reflector with moulded plastic pistol grip, metal dish, fitted with `Sashalite' brand flash bulb, screw fitting. British made, 1930s, Patent 370142.
Rectangular Union Case 'The Washington Monument, Richmond VA', by S Peck
100x122mm black rectangular union case. 'The Washington Monument, Richmond, VA.' by S Peck & Co. Die-engraver F Goll. Trade paper inside. Design only on one side. Lined with dark red plush with formal motif. Plain oval gilt mat and patterend pinchbeck frame. No frame.
Vanity Vest Pocket Kodak Series 3 Camera
Vest Pocket Kodak Series 3. Folding camera for 127 rollfilm 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches. Fitted with a Kodak anastigmat lens F: 83mm f/6.3-32 No.53125. Diomatic No,0 shutter 10/25/50/100/B/T. Autotime exposure scale. Brilliant reflecting rotating finder. Screw focusing. Autographic back. Textured grey finish with gold lines. No.94603. Eastman Kodak, 1928-1933.
No 0 folding pocket Kodak Model A-B camera
Self erecting collapsing camera for 121 rollfilm 1 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches. Fitted with a meniscus lens, automatic shutter T/I, separate releases, sliding plate with three apertures, one brilliant reflecting finder, No 10795.
Calotype camera, c 1850
Calotype camera, wooden sliding body camera probably for paper negative materials with Ross lens, with two disc stops, achromatic c. F12 in rack and pinion focusing mount. On brass lens panel, sliding rising front. Extra extension on sliding body, hinged extension baseboard, with sliding bolt catches. Ground glass focusing screen in removable frame. Two double darkslides, with provision for glass to hold paper flat. Two double darkslides, with provision for glass to hold paper flat. Sliding box-type camera (most common in 1840s); Ross lens plate holders for half plate size (16.5 x 12cm).
GEC Transistomatic camera/radio Model G822
Seven transistor medium and longwave radio with integral Kodak Insamatic 100 camera; 126 cartridege camera; compartment to store 4 capless AG1 type flashbulbs.
Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak camera
Collapsing camera for 127 rollfilm 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches. Meniscus lens, apertures 1-4. Ball Bearing shutter 25/50/B/T. Brilliant reflecting rotating finder. Black crackle finish. No 1721533.
Kowa Ramera model KTC-62 camera-radio
Kowa Ramera Model KTC-62 camera-radio. 16mm sub miniature camera built into transmitor radio. Red and cream plastic. Prominar lens F:23mm f/3.5, Serial No K12342; 3-speed shutter; direct vision finder. Coaxial flash socket. Medium wave radio, frequency range 565 Khz; volume control; earphone socket. serial No 38700.
Minolta Pocket Autopak 70 camera
Minolta Pocket Autopak pocket camera for 110 cartridge film; Auto exposure; focusing scale visible in brightline finder; magicube socket; closeup lens with yellpw filter indicator in finder; low level light; No 113370. Bought by Thomas Nichols from a photograph dealer for £48.01.
Kodak magnesium ribbon holder instructions
Kodak magnesium ribbon holder instructions. Kodak Limited. 1912-1939.
Wynne's Infallible Exposure Meter in silver case
Original enamel tin packing for Wynne's Infallible Exposure Photographic Exposure Meter, with chamois leather pouch, card of plate speeds and instruction book, marked 'June 1921'.
Accessories For Nishika N8000 3-D 35mm camera
Accessories for Nishika N8000 3-D 35mm camera, 1989. Instruction booklet; warranty card; order form for film processing; carrystrap.
Corfield 66 reflex camera
Single lens reflex camera for 120 rollfilm 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches or plates. Fitted with a Corfield Lumax lens F: 95mm f/3.5-22 No.2212334, helical focusing. Lens made in West Germany. Three point bayonet mount. Focal plane shutter 10/15/20/30/40/60/75/125/250/500/B. Single knob winds on shutter, drops mirror and works counter. Mirror can be locked in up position. Ground glass focusing screen with detachable hood and magnifier. Rada type rollfilm back. No. AA00277. K G Corfield Limited. 1962
Specto Royal 8mm Projector Type204
Specto Royal 8mm portable cine projector, type 204, for standard 8mm film. 1960-1961. Camera built in to case. Serial No 3896. Lentar 20mm lens f/1.4. Bought by A Gill in 1961 for £28/9/6d.
No 3 folding pocket Kodak model A
Folding camera for 118 rollfilm 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Rapid rectilinear lens, sliding plate with three apertures, built in rotary shutter, separate releases for T & I. Rotating brilliant reflecting finder with hood, sliding focusing. NO 24523. Eastman Kodak 1900-1903
Ilfomatic 'Universal 50' camera
Ilfomatic 'Universal 50' camera for 126 cartridge film; instant load cartridge camera; Ilformatic f.11 colour corrected coated lens; with leather wriststrip, 1969.
LogiTech FotoMan Plus digital camera
Logitech Fotoman Plus digital camera with recharger stand. Built in flash; ISO 200 equiv. Threads 27mm lens f/4.5-65mm equiv. Serial No FAL469304121.
'Little Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Little Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.