Historical curiosities

Stereo slide mounter realist

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Stereo Camera realist

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Flash realist

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Stereo Realist camera 45 Marron

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Olympus Pen camera with original box EE

Olympus is part of a tradition, the Japanese, who led for years the development of cameras, although it currently focuses mainly on the production of medical equipment such as endoscopes

the Olympus Corporation was founded in 1919 by a young lawyer (Takeshi Yamashita) who had no experience in the world of optical or photo . The company got its line of microscopes lifted and allowed the company to expand production to the field of photography. Thanks to hiring Yoshihisa Maitani managed to win the brand in the world of photography

Takeshi Yamashita, founder Olympus

the name of the brand has a histori curious initially Yamashita founded the company with the name. Takachiho Seisakusho (Takachiho is the name of a famous Japanese mountain, according to Japanese mythology, is the residence of eight million gods and goddesses), with this name the founder wanted to indicate that the quality of their products were worthy of the gods who inhabited the mountain. As the intention of Yamashita it was to export their products and in the western world mountain Takachiho was not known, in February 1921 the company patented the Olympus brand (referring to the abode of the gods in Greek mythology).

Maitani, great photography enthusiast, inaugurated the golden age of Olympus creating the famous Olympus-Pen . the goal was to get a cheap camera to this camera should be small innovation means frame (each 35mm negative 2 images were obtained without changing the reel) , together with the target D-Zuiko, got the camera out a real success and camera was so easy to use as a pen, hence its name . Due to the great success of sales of the Olympus Pen, the company decided to expand and in 1964 the Olympus Optical GmbH was established in Hamburg (Germany), where it expands its market throughout Europe

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in our collection we have several Olympus-Pen (ID 4767, 371, 1053, 165.) and a camera Olympus O-Product (id. 370, launched to the market in 1988 in an edition limited to 20000 units) and several posters advertising, as well as several other cameras and even a anagrifo glasses iconic Japanese brand that now parted .

Wirgin stereo camera orange Edixa

Today we tell history a company that suffered the consequences of the Second World War and persecution since its founders were of Jewish origin: the company Wirgin

the company Wirgin was founded in 1920 by four immigrant brothers Poles educated in Germany and Switzerland: Heinrich, Max, Josef and Wolf Wirgin in Wiesbaden (a town on the outskirts of Frankfurt dedicated the pr oduction and import of cameras). Heinrich was then only 23 years old and knew how to use his mechanical knowledge, Josef had the technical part, Max was a doctor in chemistry and was dedicated to export and Wolf was responsible for the financial department.

the company focused initially on plate cameras and large format and produced his first camera in 1927. But soon able to adapt to the changing needs of the market, launching his first 35mm camera in 1935 : the Edinex, also sold by the company Adox as Adox Adrette

One of the first Wirgin in our collection (id 7910.)

now in Germany in 1938, with increasing success of the Nazi party (partly driven Berlin Olympics 36) persecution suffered by the Jewish people was more than palpable. at that time Heinrich and Josef followed the post your company in Wiesbaden, but thanks to the help of one of his employees (Seppl Haas, who was chauffeur, concierge ...) both managed to escape from Germany to the United States through Switzerland before the outbreak . of World War II There waiting for them and Max since 1936

factory of Wirgin went on to join the Adox company forced by the situation that Germany lived in those times s. Unfortunately during the war production company stopped and the factory was partially destroyed during the bombardments of allied forces

After the Second World War Heinrich returned from the United States, become Henry Wirgin and refounding the company Wirgin in Wiesbaden in 1948 incorporated a young designer camera called Heinz Waaske . the company, which soon went on to become the chief designer of the company Waaske was vital for the company and after making improvements to existing designs focused on the launch of the Edixa Reflex (first reflex camera lens company, which was produced in 1954). the success of the products created by Waaske allowed Wirgin the purchase in 1962 of the company Franka Kamerawerk , for which produced several 35mm cameras in Bayreuth / Upper Franconia. Wirgin had great success in selling miniature cameras, positioning itself as an alternativ a cheaper alternative to the Rollei cameras. After the departure of Waaske and joining Rollei in 1965, Wirgin was forced to close the Franka factory in 1967 and in 1968 Henry Wirgin closed its original company (though he continued production . some camera models in a new smaller plant)

Henry Wirgin died in 1989, at the age of 90 years in Wiesbaden. He had not only been one of the main employers in the camera industry in West Germany, but also devoted himself to regain normal friendly relations of non-Jewish Germans with Jewish citizens as president of the Society for the .-Jewish German

Henry Wirgin

Max Wirgin remained in the United States become American importer Exakta cameras and selling photo products through your company , the Camera Specialty company. in fact, his company sold some cameras renamed Wirgin but which had no connection with any factory Wiesbaden

Some of the most successful cameras Wirgin throughout its history were the Gewirette (renamed Adoxette), the Edinex (renamed Adrette), the Edixa (formerly known as Edina), Stereo, the Edixa . 16M or Edixa Reflex In our collection we have several cameras Wirgin:

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Other cameras Wirgin our collection: Stereo (id 292 and 168.) and Edixa (id 2539.)

Wirgin stereo camera Edixa

Today we tell history a company that suffered the consequences of the Second World War and persecution since its founders were of Jewish origin: the company Wirgin

the company Wirgin was founded in 1920 by four immigrant brothers Poles educated in Germany and Switzerland: Heinrich, Max, Josef and Wolf Wirgin in Wiesbaden (a town on the outskirts of Frankfurt dedicated the pr oduction and import of cameras). Heinrich was then only 23 years old and knew how to use his mechanical knowledge, Josef had the technical part, Max was a doctor in chemistry and was dedicated to export and Wolf was responsible for the financial department.

the company focused initially on plate cameras and large format and produced his first camera in 1927. But soon able to adapt to the changing needs of the market, launching his first 35mm camera in 1935 : the Edinex, also sold by the company Adox as Adox Adrette

One of the first Wirgin in our collection (id 7910.)

now in Germany in 1938, with increasing success of the Nazi party (partly driven Berlin Olympics 36) persecution suffered by the Jewish people was more than palpable. at that time Heinrich and Josef followed the post your company in Wiesbaden, but thanks to the help of one of his employees (Seppl Haas, who was chauffeur, concierge ...) both managed to escape from Germany to the United States through Switzerland before the outbreak . of World War II There waiting for them and Max since 1936

factory of Wirgin went on to join the Adox company forced by the situation that Germany lived in those times s. Unfortunately during the war production company stopped and the factory was partially destroyed during the bombardments of allied forces

After the Second World War Heinrich returned from the United States, become Henry Wirgin and refounding the company Wirgin in Wiesbaden in 1948 incorporated a young designer camera called Heinz Waaske . the company, which soon went on to become the chief designer of the company Waaske was vital for the company and after making improvements to existing designs focused on the launch of the Edixa Reflex (first reflex camera lens company, which was produced in 1954). the success of the products created by Waaske allowed Wirgin the purchase in 1962 of the company Franka Kamerawerk , for which produced several 35mm cameras in Bayreuth / Upper Franconia. Wirgin had great success in selling miniature cameras, positioning itself as an alternativ a cheaper alternative to the Rollei cameras. After the departure of Waaske and joining Rollei in 1965, Wirgin was forced to close the Franka factory in 1967 and in 1968 Henry Wirgin closed its original company (though he continued production . some camera models in a new smaller plant)

Henry Wirgin died in 1989, at the age of 90 years in Wiesbaden. He had not only been one of the main employers in the camera industry in West Germany, but also devoted himself to regain normal friendly relations of non-Jewish Germans with Jewish citizens as president of the Society for the .-Jewish German

Henry Wirgin

Max Wirgin remained in the United States become American importer Exakta cameras and selling photo products through your company , the Camera Specialty company. in fact, his company sold some cameras renamed Wirgin but which had no connection with any factory Wiesbaden

Some of the most successful cameras Wirgin throughout its history were the Gewirette (renamed Adoxette), the Edinex (renamed Adrette), the Edixa (formerly known as Edina), Stereo, the Edixa . 16M or Edixa Reflex In our collection we have several cameras Wirgin:

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Other cameras Wirgin our collection: Stereo (id 292 and 168.) and Edixa (id 2539.)

Jules Richard Stereo Camera Glyphoscope

shares of the company Societe Anonyme des Etablissements Jules Richard

collecting shares, known as Scripophily , is the younger sister of philately or numismatics and comes from the English term" scrip" (right to property) in our country this kind of collecting. is quite recent, dating from the 70 This type of share certificate we now have in our collection is issued by the company, action is part of the fixed capital of a company usually not paid but only you can retrieve its value reselling to another investor

Many will wonder who he really is that such Jules Richard, who has been named to multiple viewers of our collection and which we have already spoken in previous releases. Jules Richard was born in 1848 he began his career as an apprentice watchmaker, then became coach of telegraph networks, happening in 1871 to work with his brother in the production of cameras and instruments for scientific accuracy as successor of his father . in 1882 became the President Richard Société de Frères, which in turn became. in 1891 the Société Jules Richard Incredibly, the company is still active and called JRI Maxant since 2008

factory installations Richard

Son countless products made by his company, many of which can be found in our collection : the Glyphoscope (ids 298 and 293.), the display Taxhiphote (ids 7650 and 7651.) the viewer Verascope (id 2336.) ...

But Jules Richard was not only a businessman, since created in 1924 a school that still survives today. Lycee Technologique Jules Richard the idea of ​​Jules Richard was formed in this school workers skilled enough to work in his factory for this, . took in 1922 5 million francs of his own fortune to endow the school funds necessary s, curiously this was year in which the shares were issued, so we believe that both business actions could be related .

RF stereo camera jules richard le glyphoscope

shares of the company Societe Anonyme des Etablissements Jules Richard

collecting shares, known as Scripophily , is the younger sister of philately or numismatics and comes from the English term" scrip" (right to property) in our country this kind of collecting. is quite recent, dating from the 70 This type of share certificate we now have in our collection is issued by the company, action is part of the fixed capital of a company usually not paid but only you can retrieve its value reselling to another investor

Many will wonder who he really is that such Jules Richard, who has been named to multiple viewers of our collection and which we have already spoken in previous releases. Jules Richard was born in 1848 he began his career as an apprentice watchmaker, then became coach of telegraph networks, happening in 1871 to work with his brother in the production of cameras and instruments for scientific accuracy as successor of his father . in 1882 became the President Richard Société de Frères, which in turn became. in 1891 the Société Jules Richard Incredibly, the company is still active and called JRI Maxant since 2008

factory installations Richard

Son countless products made by his company, many of which can be found in our collection : the Glyphoscope (ids 298 and 293.), the display Taxhiphote (ids 7650 and 7651.) the viewer Verascope (id 2336.) ...

But Jules Richard was not only a businessman, since created in 1924 a school that still survives today. Lycee Technologique Jules Richard the idea of ​​Jules Richard was formed in this school workers skilled enough to work in his factory for this, . took in 1922 5 million francs of his own fortune to endow the school funds necessary s, curiously this was year in which the shares were issued, so we believe that both business actions could be related .

Vest Pocket Kodak camera

Kodak Vest Pocket , which is marketed in several models from 1912 to 1937 approximately . We have in our collection with 4 of these cameras in different colors

This camera is popularly known as " Kodak of the soldier" since it was launched to the market shortly before world War I and some of its features were really appropriate for wartime living world: it was folded, small, light and easy to handle. The camera became known under this name in different countries, hence the advertising held worldwide . In your ads Kodak tried to present the camera as a form of distraction and entertainment in hard times experienced in the race. At the end of the war Kodak had sold over 1 million units

One of the peculiarities of this camera is that since 1915 included the system" Autographic" , which allowed write with a kind d and small punch on the negative by a small window. The short text appeared white to the bottom of the image when the picture is positivaba. It was a way to identify, locate and date the photographs . It was not only taking pictures to those closest, but remember forever places or events experienced, this took on a special meaning in the case of the soldiers.

Olympus Pen camera

Olympus is part of a tradition, the Japanese, who led for years the development of cameras, although it currently focuses mainly on the production of medical equipment such as endoscopes

the Olympus Corporation was founded in 1919 by a young lawyer (Takeshi Yamashita) who had no experience in the world of optical or photo . The company got its line of microscopes lifted and allowed the company to expand production to the field of photography. Thanks to hiring Yoshihisa Maitani managed to win the brand in the world of photography

Takeshi Yamashita, founder Olympus

the name of the brand has a histori curious initially Yamashita founded the company with the name. Takachiho Seisakusho (Takachiho is the name of a famous Japanese mountain, according to Japanese mythology, is the residence of eight million gods and goddesses), with this name the founder wanted to indicate that the quality of their products were worthy of the gods who inhabited the mountain. As the intention of Yamashita it was to export their products and in the western world mountain Takachiho was not known, in February 1921 the company patented the Olympus brand (referring to the abode of the gods in Greek mythology).

Maitani, great photography enthusiast, inaugurated the golden age of Olympus creating the famous Olympus-Pen . the goal was to get a cheap camera to this camera should be small innovation means frame (each 35mm negative 2 images were obtained without changing the reel) , together with the target D-Zuiko, got the camera out a real success and camera was so easy to use as a pen, hence its name . Due to the great success of sales of the Olympus Pen, the company decided to expand and in 1964 the Olympus Optical GmbH was established in Hamburg (Germany), where it expands its market throughout Europe

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in our collection we have several Olympus-Pen (ID 4767, 371, 1053, 165.) and a camera Olympus O-Product (id. 370, launched to the market in 1988 in an edition limited to 20000 units) and several posters advertising, as well as several other cameras and even a anagrifo glasses iconic Japanese brand that now parted .

Vest Pocket Kodak camera Autographic

Kodak Vest Pocket , which is marketed in several models from 1912 to 1937 approximately . We have in our collection with 4 of these cameras in different colors

This camera is popularly known as " Kodak of the soldier" since it was launched to the market shortly before world War I and some of its features were really appropriate for wartime living world: it was folded, small, light and easy to handle. The camera became known under this name in different countries, hence the advertising held worldwide . In your ads Kodak tried to present the camera as a form of distraction and entertainment in hard times experienced in the race. At the end of the war Kodak had sold over 1 million units

One of the peculiarities of this camera is that since 1915 included the system" Autographic" , which allowed write with a kind d and small punch on the negative by a small window. The short text appeared white to the bottom of the image when the picture is positivaba. It was a way to identify, locate and date the photographs . It was not only taking pictures to those closest, but remember forever places or events experienced, this took on a special meaning in the case of the soldiers.

Kodak camera panoramic 4

Who does not have an application on the phone to make panoramic photos ? Who has not made any panning in your life? Although this type of snapshots is now on everyone's lips and who else who has less taken his first steps, really is a photographic technique with more than 150 years old

1844 the first panoramic camera was invented, Megaskop on the basis of the daguerreotype. In 1857 a camera is capable of rotating about its own axis patented. In addition, by that date a flexible film that replaced the glass plates used to date and which led to a great leap forward in the panoramic photographs was also created. See a small sample of its evolution throughout history:

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1864

1907

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today:

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The American giant of photography, Kodak, also played a role so. in 1884, he created his first panoramic camera, which arrived in Europe in 1900. Precisely in our collection we have one of these models: Kodak Panoram No. 4 manufactured . between 1899 and 1900 only 1900 cameras of this model were made, so they are very difficult to find

The camera body is made of wood and coated leather . the mechanism is based on an oscillating lens within a tube of leather with sharp bends toward the plane of the film, to coincide with the movement of the lens thus & nbsp. , the goal sweeps of 180 and take panoramic views film roll size 103 in addition, viewers are equipped with a . bubble level , essential to avoid errors during the photo shoot in fact, you can take both vertical photographs and horizontal as you can see, the result of the images was pretty good, considering it's been over a hundred years..

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The curious thing is that, at that time, not many knew how to use it, so that Kodak had to teach users to understand the concepts of this new technique, and edited this several books on teaching them to charge the camera, making pictures and images reveal

the company Lomo took in 2010 a modern version of this concept camera. Spinner 360 , which lets you take analog photos panoramic Here you can see the result

Camera Radio Transistomatic

Transistomatic, a radio-camera manufactured by GEC, . General Electric Co. from 1964, with the participation of Kodak Limited

This radio camera was released to the market as" the only radio that also It makes color photographs," thanks to the camera Kodak Instamatic 100 with flash which incorporates the radio has a range of long and medium wave (1430-1720 kHz) and has speaker. . 8.6 cm in diameter is curious that this radio captured what" gang of Europe" called

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The idea of ​​combining a radio with a camera should arise however in 50s, with the appearance on the market of pocket transistors. Evidence of this is the Harlot chamber (combination of the words" radio" and" camera" ), by Kowa in 1959-60, also distributed by Bell International Corp. under the name of Bell kamra. Our Transistomatic leads headphone connection, antenna and connection to use the external antenna (eg automotive).

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it has been adding camera to various devices throughout recent history, from computers to mobile ... Our Transistomatic is therefore a pioneer in this regard and is considered a rarity for the time it was created.

Kodak camera. 1917 vest pocket

Kodak Vest Pocket , which is marketed in several models from 1912 to 1937 approximately . We have in our collection with 4 of these cameras in different colors

This camera is popularly known as " Kodak of the soldier" since it was launched to the market shortly before world War I and some of its features were really appropriate for wartime living world: it was folded, small, light and easy to handle. The camera became known under this name in different countries, hence the advertising held worldwide . In your ads Kodak tried to present the camera as a form of distraction and entertainment in hard times experienced in the race. At the end of the war Kodak had sold over 1 million units

One of the peculiarities of this camera is that since 1915 included the system" Autographic" , which allowed write with a kind d and small punch on the negative by a small window. The short text appeared white to the bottom of the image when the picture is positivaba. It was a way to identify, locate and date the photographs . It was not only taking pictures to those closest, but remember forever places or events experienced, this took on a special meaning in the case of the soldiers.

Stereo Realist Camera

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Vest Pocket Kodak camera Autographic

Kodak Vest Pocket , which is marketed in several models from 1912 to 1937 approximately . We have in our collection with 4 of these cameras in different colors

This camera is popularly known as " Kodak of the soldier" since it was launched to the market shortly before world War I and some of its features were really appropriate for wartime living world: it was folded, small, light and easy to handle. The camera became known under this name in different countries, hence the advertising held worldwide . In your ads Kodak tried to present the camera as a form of distraction and entertainment in hard times experienced in the race. At the end of the war Kodak had sold over 1 million units

One of the peculiarities of this camera is that since 1915 included the system" Autographic" , which allowed write with a kind d and small punch on the negative by a small window. The short text appeared white to the bottom of the image when the picture is positivaba. It was a way to identify, locate and date the photographs . It was not only taking pictures to those closest, but remember forever places or events experienced, this took on a special meaning in the case of the soldiers.

Hit mini camera (camera Mariquita Pérez)

Today we bring you an exceptional camera in Spanish history, not because made in Spain , if not because it was the chosen by the creators of the famous Mariquita Pérez to complement their works . Yes, as you have heard. Children can now have a Barbie photographer or a Barbie reporter, but as our mothers and grandmothers had in their hands a doll Mariquita Pérez tourist fully stocked with good-ons, like this miniature camera Hit manufactured in Japan

Mariquita Pérez was all a revolution in the postwar years , and was created by Leonor Coello, inspired by her daughter two years, with the intention ng that had a" personality and biography" . It became the most coveted Christmas present for girls of the age. But yes, and ra an object of the moneyed class, because each ladybug cost one hundred pesetas, the basic salary of a worker of the time, while a chubby doll cost hard

So, it's no wonder that these dolls will have a complete outfit with designer dresses with accessories care to detail ... and how not it could be otherwise, at that time, and also enjoyed his own camera. As can be seen in the photographs under these lines

The camera itself is faithful replica of the Hit miniature, created by the Japanese company Tougodo, founded in 1930. This camera (half was also manufactured in the 50s and uses film 17.5mm 35mm). In his time he had a very good acceptance, and was the first of many similar models from other manufacturers for film 17.5mm and 16mm. In fact, Man Hit Chamber popularized for all who used this kind of movie . Below these lines you can see other parts that followed in the wake of the original:

Camera realist

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Stereo Stereo green visor realist box

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Realist stereo 3D viewer

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Flash Realist

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Stereo camera Gaumont Block-Notes Stéréo 45 x 107, 1904

This we week to bring you one of the key pieces in the history of stereoscopic photography: Block-Notes estereo Gaumont, in 1904 , when it began to democratize such devices. This is a folding camera glass plates 45x107 format later became widespread. For its small size, was ideal for taking notes using an image instead of having to write it on paper .

is composed of two metallic bodies joined by a bellows leather and provided two objectives identical focus . for taking stereoscopic views had shutter guillotine with variable speed , very advanced for the time, and . porta chassis plates in the back (you could store up to 12 plates) Among its many attractions, was the mounted automatically at the time of taking the picture, something still rarely seen at the beginning of the twentieth century

in the book Cosmos Photo, New General catalog illustrated 1907 ', described " Le Block-Notes" as the last and most perfect creation of instant photographic apparatus or fixed focus , its dimensions are reduced can be perfectly well in the pocket of the vest

in a notice published in 1904, its visual appearance, cloaking any resemblance to a camera was extolled the Gaumont brand was ahead of his time in another way, and that is that. this machine did not use plates standards, but produced a special that also offered better quality

Notice published in 1904 on Block-Notes Gaumont Stereo

the Block-Notes was one of the creations the French company Gaumont, one company incorporated by the inventor Leon Gaumont in association with engineer Gustave Eiffel (creator of the tower), the astronomer Joseph Vallot and financial Alfred Besnier . Léon Gaumont worked in his youth with Jules Carpentier and Félix Richard (brother of Jules Richard), and although he had important contributions in stereoscopic photography, was also one of the pioneers of insdustria of film.

STEREO mounting kit full stereo realist

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

EstereoLibro viewer viewer Helsinki 1952


This is a commemorative album of the Games of the XI Olympiad held in Berlin in 1936, including tex cough, 100 stereoscopic views and a foldable viewfinder . Covers on this album are lined in fabric and have recesses in which can be stored folded viewer (in the previous saves) and stereoscopic views (on back care).

the 64 pages texts entirely in German, are former boxing champion Ludwig Heymann and deal with the Berlin Olympics of 1936. the texts carry interleaved 8 black cardboard pages with the first 22 stereoscopic views studies conducted by Heinrich Hoffmann (Adolf Hitler's personal photographer) and collect some moments of the fam Bears Olympics held in Nazi Germany: opening ceremonies, Olympic flag, the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Village, spectators, the Olympic torch, athletes from different specialties, Olympic medals ... 78 stereoscopic views are stored in the remaining part subsequent

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These Olympics controversial would be history by the performance of Jesse Owens or be the first Olympics in which was a relay race to bring the Olympic flame from Greece.

this album was edited by Raumbildverlag Otto Schönstein, Diessen / Ammersee and is a very common object as I remember this kind of Olympic events, as you can see in this other stereoscopic album Olympics Helsinki 1952, which also have already in our collection (id 1490.)

VisorStereo viewer Realist model ST64

the Realist brand was manufactured by the David White Co., a company based Milwaukee (Wisconsin), specializing in precision surveying instruments . However this company marked a milestone in the history of photography when launched into the market in 1947 Stereo Realist camera, which set the standard for stereo cameras photograph . As I said this camera was based on self-made camera Seton Rochwite and intended to respond to the resurgent fashion at the time. Today it is still considered by many experts the ideal camera for analogue photography stereo .

This camera attracted celebrities, including Harold Lloyd , who used the camera to take portraits for example Marylin Monroe or Bettie Page. Advertising time included Hollywood celebrities. Joan Crawford, John Wayne ... many were those who lent their image to advertising this icon stereoscopic photography

in addition to cameras David White Co. also manufactured viewfinders, projectors, cases ... and many other accessories . The company even offered a mounting service stereo slides. David White renamed Realist Inc. in the 50s, returning in 1990 to its previous name

The Stereo Realist system was so popular that other companies, including Kodak, launched their cameras with the same format. However in the second half of the decade of the 50s the success of stereoscopic photography began to decline and by 1960 the only stereo camera of the 50s was manufactured was the Stereo Realist.

If you are curious to see the pieces Realist of Foticos collection can find several viewers, several cameras including two Stereo Realist and even advertising time. you know that all these pieces. are, as always, at your disposal in the museum

Stereo display case and 165 views of Germany

Stereo viewer Sculturoscope metal coins
stereo viewer of the mutoscope type: & nbsp , the Sculptoscope (id. 2068), made in the US in the 1920s by brothers Whiting . This display is made of sheet metal and cast iron and is driven with a penny coin. It contains within up to 90 stereo views cardboard inside. At the top it has two glass panels to allow the passage of light to illuminate the card. On the right side you have the coin slot
brothers Whiting (Richard Ross and William A.) worked as manufacturers of tidelands viewers from 1900 to 1943. Before forming his own business worked as vendors for Keystone . in 1913 created the American Novelty Company, and began manufacturing the Sculptoscope: stereo viewers for use in arcades or store counters for a penny user could display 15 images. stereo, although the device contained 90 views cardboard. in 1913 patented a first model of vertical box, and in 1922 did the same with the model we have in our collection. in the picture below you can see the patent of the Sculptoscope.
most of these devices used lithographs rather than actual photographs, many of them specially delivered to the Whiting View Company by . Truman Ward Ingersoll (1862-1992), one of the greatest photographers Americans stereo images of the nineteenth century views were pre-cut samples to that fitted in the internal support of the Sculptoscope. viewers were sold in local stores and their stereo views often reminded to the client that should patronize the store.
in the image shown below (taken by itself Richard Ross Whiting) is portrayed the Whiting family having a picnic at Coney Island, near the Ohio (Cincinnati) river.
Stereo viewer US Army - Aerial Fairchild Camera Corp.

Viewer Jules Richard Stereo Verascope

shares of the company Societe Anonyme des Etablissements Jules Richard

collecting shares, known as Scripophily , is the younger sister of philately or numismatics and comes from the English term" scrip" (right to property) in our country this kind of collecting. is quite recent, dating from the 70 This type of share certificate we now have in our collection is issued by the company, action is part of the fixed capital of a company usually not paid but only you can retrieve its value reselling to another investor

Many will wonder who he really is that such Jules Richard, who has been named to multiple viewers of our collection and which we have already spoken in previous releases. Jules Richard was born in 1848 he began his career as an apprentice watchmaker, then became coach of telegraph networks, happening in 1871 to work with his brother in the production of cameras and instruments for scientific accuracy as successor of his father . in 1882 became the President Richard Société de Frères, which in turn became. in 1891 the Société Jules Richard Incredibly, the company is still active and called JRI Maxant since 2008

factory installations Richard

Son countless products made by his company, many of which can be found in our collection : the Glyphoscope (ids 298 and 293.), the display Taxhiphote (ids 7650 and 7651.) the viewer Verascope (id 2336.) ...

But Jules Richard was not only a businessman, since created in 1924 a school that still survives today. Lycee Technologique Jules Richard the idea of ​​Jules Richard was formed in this school workers skilled enough to work in his factory for this, . took in 1922 5 million francs of his own fortune to endow the school funds necessary s, curiously this was year in which the shares were issued, so we believe that both business actions could be related .

Stereo viewer Le Plistero


Wirgin chamber 125 Edixa

Today we tell history a company that suffered the consequences of the Second World War and persecution since its founders were of Jewish origin: the company Wirgin

the company Wirgin was founded in 1920 by four immigrant brothers Poles educated in Germany and Switzerland: Heinrich, Max, Josef and Wolf Wirgin in Wiesbaden (a town on the outskirts of Frankfurt dedicated the pr oduction and import of cameras). Heinrich was then only 23 years old and knew how to use his mechanical knowledge, Josef had the technical part, Max was a doctor in chemistry and was dedicated to export and Wolf was responsible for the financial department.

the company focused initially on plate cameras and large format and produced his first camera in 1927. But soon able to adapt to the changing needs of the market, launching his first 35mm camera in 1935 : the Edinex, also sold by the company Adox as Adox Adrette

One of the first Wirgin in our collection (id 7910.)

now in Germany in 1938, with increasing success of the Nazi party (partly driven Berlin Olympics 36) persecution suffered by the Jewish people was more than palpable. at that time Heinrich and Josef followed the post your company in Wiesbaden, but thanks to the help of one of his employees (Seppl Haas, who was chauffeur, concierge ...) both managed to escape from Germany to the United States through Switzerland before the outbreak . of World War II There waiting for them and Max since 1936

factory of Wirgin went on to join the Adox company forced by the situation that Germany lived in those times s. Unfortunately during the war production company stopped and the factory was partially destroyed during the bombardments of allied forces

After the Second World War Heinrich returned from the United States, become Henry Wirgin and refounding the company Wirgin in Wiesbaden in 1948 incorporated a young designer camera called Heinz Waaske . the company, which soon went on to become the chief designer of the company Waaske was vital for the company and after making improvements to existing designs focused on the launch of the Edixa Reflex (first reflex camera lens company, which was produced in 1954). the success of the products created by Waaske allowed Wirgin the purchase in 1962 of the company Franka Kamerawerk , for which produced several 35mm cameras in Bayreuth / Upper Franconia. Wirgin had great success in selling miniature cameras, positioning itself as an alternativ a cheaper alternative to the Rollei cameras. After the departure of Waaske and joining Rollei in 1965, Wirgin was forced to close the Franka factory in 1967 and in 1968 Henry Wirgin closed its original company (though he continued production . some camera models in a new smaller plant)

Henry Wirgin died in 1989, at the age of 90 years in Wiesbaden. He had not only been one of the main employers in the camera industry in West Germany, but also devoted himself to regain normal friendly relations of non-Jewish Germans with Jewish citizens as president of the Society for the .-Jewish German

Henry Wirgin

Max Wirgin remained in the United States become American importer Exakta cameras and selling photo products through your company , the Camera Specialty company. in fact, his company sold some cameras renamed Wirgin but which had no connection with any factory Wiesbaden

Some of the most successful cameras Wirgin throughout its history were the Gewirette (renamed Adoxette), the Edinex (renamed Adrette), the Edixa (formerly known as Edina), Stereo, the Edixa . 16M or Edixa Reflex In our collection we have several cameras Wirgin:

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Other cameras Wirgin our collection: Stereo (id 292 and 168.) and Edixa (id 2539.)