Historical curiosities

Ernemann enamel plate 60 x 40 cm

This week we want you to know beautiful plate advertising enamel 60x40cms brand Ernemann . The poster of our collection is actually a replica of the original and was made in the decade of the '50s or' 60s. Brand Ernemann , which remained until a few years ago, specialized in the production of film projectors, began his career at the end of the nineteenth century

The German Heinrich Ernemann, owner of a haberdashery in Dresden, founded in 1889 with Matthias Franz workshop joinery cameras, because at that time the cameras were wooden, but Matthias left the company in 1891. Ernemann, locksmith profession, was self-taught in the field of photography and soon showed a talent for photography business. Gradually Ernemann was making other components for the cameras along with the wooden parts and evolved to turn his company into one of the most important photographic technique of the then German Empire.

the company was growing, remaining in the first line of technological advances. In 1923 he built the tower Ernemann , 48 meters and the company moved manufacturing cameras there. Today the building is one of the most significant and houses the Museum of Dresden which contains the Camera Obscura Dresden and many objects of art of the last 150 years industrial history and the past century industrial buildings, which by no course many cameras and projectors

in 1926 Ernemann was associated with ICA and others to found the Zeiss Ikon hitherto Ernemann had 213 patents to his credit

The nail plate our collection was performed by Ludwig Hohlwein, a great and prolific German poster . Hohlwein in its early architect, focused his career since 1906 in designing posters and Ernemann created for a large number of illustrations that are very clearly recognized his style. His training in architecture is evident in his works, which show rotund volumes and a mastery of drawing . His touches of color and play with light and shadows get their works are always recognizable

CAMERA PHOTOS IMPERA RENAULT INDO

. the reigns of the French brand INDO

the company FEX (France Export), which later would lead to INDO (industrie d'Optique), emerged from the union of two talents: Lucien Bouchetal de la Roche (French engineer) and Fritz Kaftanski . (refugee Czechoslovak had left Berlin and went on to settle in Lyon where he continued patented products) a few weeks I talked already Kaftanski ago, as was the designer of the Stylophot , do you remember

the FEX brand already known find your niche and had met already some success thanks to models like the Superfex or Ultra-Fex Creating slogans like." the Ultra-Fex, camera young" FEX had clearly decided to go for a younger audience (their products advertised in magazines like Tintin). and its models were simple but practical use with a sale price decidedly under these cameras were aimed at a . increasingly numerous amateur audience that after the war enjoyed able to fix on film the most important moments of their lives

When in the middle of the twentieth & nbsp century, the FEX brand renamed and renamed INDO remains the same premises and continues to create cameras very affordable price priced at very low cost is made possible. use cameras as an advertising medium , is the starting point of a new form of marketing in which companies and traders revalue its brand image giving photographic apparatus on which its own brand screen printing.

the camera impera part of our collection was launched to the market in 1967 and has the peculiarity to be printed with the logo of Renault , as they look like the car brand's gave away their customers when they bought one R12 or R16. it uses film 127, with 12 exhibitions in format 4x4 cm. the camera is almost entirely made of plastic. But prevails not only advertised the car brand. this same model also you can find the logo of Conforama, Le Cep Vermeil (was obtained by collecting bottle caps), Braum, Philips ... and a long etcetera.

Stereo viewer daguerreotype claudets

estereo ISOR patented by Claudet with an original daguerreotype . Antoine Claudet was a French photographer born in the eighteenth century who worked as a disciple by Daguerre himself in London. It is considered one of the pioneers of photography . Claudet available since 1839 of a license to use the patent daguerreotype, . And just this season (mid XIX century) dates the piece at hand


So, this wonder is over 150 years old, and yet their condition is exquisite. To understand a little relevance, we have to imagine that precisely this stereo viewer as it has come down to us is what gave in his day one of the first photographers one of its customers in a study had Claudet in New York during the Civil War

As you can see in the picture, daguerreotype is of exceptional quality, and is colored in some areas . In the technique presented by Daguerre was often artists probably color hand parts using a mixture of pigments and acacia , which was placed on the developed image. Surely a laborious job that provides volume and unsurpassed beauty to the image

Claudet not only was one of the pioneers of photography, but it also made important contributions in this area : devised a method to shorten the time exhibition of daguerreotypes, was the first to use lighting artifici icial and using decorated in portraits (as seen in this daguerreotype), and the use of red light for development.

This stereo viewer is presented on a leather case dark brown you can save the daguerreotype glass delivering photographer to his client, and so viewing it directly without removing it. lenses the are mounted on a kind of bellows extends about cm to better watch the stereoscopic image

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Sonimag 25th anniversary medal Barcelona 1987

Sonimag first held in 1963, under the name Hall Picture . At this fair the fields of photography, film equipment, optical and television presented their best products; Sonimag was the first trade fair held this specialty in Spain. Throughout its history Sonimag was giving rise to various trade fairs, for example in 1981 incorporated under Expotrónica sectors of professional electronics, equipment and components, Expotrónica few years later acquired its own character as a professional salon. The same happened with. Sonimagfoto, specializing in photography and the most representative of the salons case that resulted in Sonimag

The fairs were from birth Sonimag a exponent national who came promptly to the best manufacturers of audio, video and photo .

Camera Kowa Radio Whore

camera- Radio Whore. This is probably the first multifunction camera was produced in 1959 by the Japanese Kowa

Only 6 years before the Regency TR-1, the first transistor radio launched for the general public, made through the merger of the companies Texas Instruments and Industrial Development Engineering Associates (I.D.E.A.). Until then transistors only been used in industrial or military applications

the unfortunate camera name comes from the fusion of the words" Radio" and" camera" , this subminiature camera using 16mm film and generated snapshots of 10x14mm. In addition, the camera has cable connectors to insert a flash and tripod. This camera was very manageable size (14x7x3,5cms) and a very light weight 420 grams. As for the radio, follow a pattern of six transistors and covers a frequency of 535-1605 kc / s

a few years later the General Electric launched its own version of radio- camera (Transistomatic, already know by the statement 258), which was much bulkier and heavier than the first version of Kowa.

The camera of our collection has a striking finish red, with leather in that color for the camera and even headphones included, and is presented in a beautiful original case that also includes original battery and recyclable chassis for the film. The camera was made in red, black, blue and white

this radio-camera also was distributed by the Bell International Corp. under the name Bell Kamra and even he eventually sold as camera only, no radio, under the name Bell 16.

Stereo Stereo Camera Corporation Kirk-Stereo-33

This week we approach original stereo camera 1942 about. Specifically, the model Kirk-33, manufactured in Los Angeles by Stereo Corporation , creator also of Contura, of which I spoke in the press 269

This camera has a brown bakelite body with a curious design that emulates the shell of a turtle . Took stereo pairs 28x28mm on a roll of film 828 , and in the instruction book recommended using slide film Kodakchrome, although its exposure control was very limited, prompting many users to make instantaneous too dark or too light. Had two buttons shutter, one for instant exhibitions and one for temporary exhibitions

He took in the boom of the stereo in the 50s, and its output prices were US $ 12,95 , as can be seen in advertising under these lines, where the benefits of this device, which allows you to take perfect pictures in 3D are highlighted.

camera sold along with the viewer and an instruction book which will explain how to mount snapshots . once revealed why together with the camera and the viewfinder is also accompanied by a kind of transparent plate holder to mount your own stereo view

it is noteworthy that the camera design is very similar to the camera that took parallel in the 40s Haneel Tri-Vision , which makes sense lines that were fashionable in that time, as well as the boom of the new American hobby.

Stereo viewer book 'Die Spiele 1936 Olympischen' with


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.)

Stereo Camera Duplouich

This oddity stereoscopic photography is attributed to Henri Duplouich , as stated on the device itself using the initials HD:

Duplouich performing all kinds of optical instruments and precision. Duplouich ran the business was started a few years earlier (in 1848) by Berthaud, which in turn transferred their business to Edouard Lutz. Henri Duplouich was time for a student Lutz and finally got the business in 1896, also specializing in high-quality lenses and telescopes. Student and teacher signed together some of the pieces they produced, as is the case with this telescope, also at the beginning of the twentieth century.

One of the greatest achievements of Duplouich was your target Verax , created around 1903 and was never used on occasion in the famous Autographic Pocket Vest camera Kodak Co <. span style ="font-size: 16px;" > mo can see is genuine gorgeous:

No wonder then that a couple of years later to 1905 , Henri make the leap and create wonderful stereoscopic camera which has come now . into our hands The camera is made using materials such as brass, metal and wood . the faceplate carrying the lenses is displaced, allowing panorama shooting, sliding partition is design really simple and has come to us on a state of great conservation

Zeiss Ikon camera Kolibri

a Zeiss Ikon Kolibri (id. 7649)

The Kolibri is a made chamber between 1930 and 1935 by Zeiss Ikon AG in Dresden, Germany This camera uses a film type 127 with 16 exhibitions 3x4 cms La.. chamber is made of metal and comes completely lined with black skin the arrangement of the camera is vertical and its objective is mounted on a retractable tube chrome;. the camera has a foldable optical viewfinder on top Originally the Kolibri also had. a like pivot leg to keep the camera upright

in 1930 the German manufacturers of cameras focused primarily on making cameras roll film that followed a design that had evolved from the cameras folding plate they tried simply to make a more compact version. , so at that time it was difficult to distinguish chambers others, all had a very similar appearance the Kolibri instead sported a. shape and design very original and differed from the others by its absence bellows This camera was also known as the " camera-jewel" (and as in the case of jewelry, the price was not exactly cheap) and as such is presented in a beautiful velvet-lined box inside

like many of the Zeiss Ikon cameras, to make this model was given. great attention to design the camera Kolibri is very attractive thanks to its attention to detail, such as the rounded corners (although this detail you can make a little harder to hold camera). Zeiss Ikon highlighted precisely because of its magnificent design department, who took care of every detail of their new products.

Desktop viewer estereo" Taxiphote" Jules Richard

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 .

Camera Binoca

< . strong> binocular camera BINOCA (id. 7657)

This little camera produced in Japan in the 1950's , is considered a subminiature camera due to its size this type of cameras (also known. as spy cameras) use movie special formats, usually rolls of 16mm in this case also, given its design, the camera may seem binoculars opera, hence the name. spy camera would also justified

The camera of our collection is color white , but this model was manufactured in different colors: red, blue, green and gray , resulting in precious and colorful objects reminiscent of the Art Deco design in typography such brand

it is curious that this model was manufactured in the early '50s, since then both in Europe and the United States were laying the foundation for product design that we are still around today. as an example of the type of camera they were already producing at that time can take the Contura, of which I spoke in the press 269. Instead design Binoca is the opposite, almost a tribute to the design of the '20s , and is that Japan tried to assimilate the aesthetics that reigned in other countries since the end of World War I with some delay. the peculiar thing is that other details such as colors, which are really vibrant, and the main material (plastic ) we refer to the actual date of manufacture

the Binoca was made of hard plastic, with a fixed focus 4.5 / 40mm Bicon . glasses opera have lenses. individual approach in the camera plate covering the space for the film roll can be read " hear two clicks per exposure" , after which the camera passed to the next

Album carte de visite Condes de Isla, Family Sancristóval Zaragoza

This particular album It is complete with all its pages, thanks to him we know the whole family. appears on the first page, next to Our Lady of the Pillar, the matriarch of the family: the Countess of Isla

over leaves we meet all the familiar components, as well as some political figures of the time they could have some connection with Sancristóval, so the counts were called. some of the photographs have been colored by hand .

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Special mention image of the XIX Count of Saldaña, Don Andrés Avelino Maria de Arteaga and Silva (married to Dona Maria Belen Echague and Mendez de Vigo, appearing on the same page), which among others held the following titles: XVI Duke of the Infantado, XI Marquess of Ariza, Admiral of Aragon, XII Marquess of Estepa, XIII Conde of Monclova, XXII Lord of the House of Lazcano, five times Great of Spain, XI Marquess of Armunia, XIV Guard ... in addition the Count of Saldaña was Senator of the Kingdom and Gentilhombre Chamber of HM King

Thanks to these images can get an idea of ​​both the clothing of the time, especially striking are the outfits of cavalry officers family and the overseer of one of the country estates or carrying smaller . house

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photo collection that houses this album corresponds to different photographers of the time , some of which already are sure that you will sound: Júdez, Hortelano, Fisherman, Coyne, Disderi ...

Tibidabo amusement park stereo viewer Barcelona

These stereoscopic viewers are placed on a pedestal so that the holes are at eye level, the ideal way to use comfortably (id 8307 and 7908.). Both are metal, modernist style and color very own an amusement park

These viewers come from the famous amusement park Tibidabo in Barcelona, ​​is unique machines stereoscopic coins early century XX sure you've all recently seen the current version of this type of viewers. placed in strategic places like amusement parks, which show 3D images of landmarks. well, these machines is that I want to talk today.

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the amusement park Tibidabo in Barcelona began construction in June 1900 and officially opened in October 1901. in those first you decades of the amusement park offering activities such facilities was very different from what we know today . the first major attraction of the park was the funicular, and other leisure points such as automatic scales or vending machines postcards. at about telescopes and binoculars were added, swings , bowling games, mirrors, automatons station pigeons ... and events of all kinds, such as orchestras or balloon ascensions. it was not until 1910 when the electric carousel and 5 years later settled the ropeway, which would the entrance to the main attractions. How our leisure has changed since then!

it is in this context of the early years of the Tibidabo where we fit in. our stereoscopic viewers, since both belong to the first ones decades of the century XX

But the lives of our viewers are not been limited to the amusement park because given its interest as collectibles from a bygone era both were exposed at the opening of the Grand Museum of the FC Barcelona , which was attended by important personalities from the world of sport as Juan Antonio Samaranch (as sure know president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2000) Proof of this is the photo that. Samaranch appears watching curiosity through what is now one of the viewers of our collection

Wirgin 6x13 Stereo Camera

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.)

Lancaster camera clock (replica)

Lancaster camera watch (id 8319.) that was made near 1886 (his patent is that year). Our small replica of the male model camera clock Lancaster was made about 1980 by Rolf Oberländer metal and brass, a true global expert in manufacturing truly detailed replicas . A look even the Berlin police had one of these small spy cameras. The last of these original watches camera known was sold in London in 1982 by about 12,000 sterling pounds

James Lancaster established his business as an optical Birmingham in 1830, changing the name of the company J Lancaster & amp; They are on 1876, becoming a limited company in 1905. WJ Lancaster was responsible for expanding its business into the photographic equipment since the early 1870s, reaching patent 18 products between 1885 and 1899 .

This miniature camera or spy camera was created to 4x5cms plates. The apparent pocket watch displays a metal bellows 6 parts when opening the box

female version of this miniature camera offers smaller product and hard to find (it was sold for $ 36,000 in 2007), only four copies of that model are known (not because they are difficult to do, but because they are virtually impossible to use because of its size)

Chevalier Vicent patented camera obscura

Today we speak a very special piece you just become part of our collection: camera obscura Chevalier

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Let us first clarify what a camera obscura exactly : the term camera comes from the word camera, which in Latin means" room" or" camera" . Johannes Kepler coined the name" dark chamber" for the first time in his treatise of 1604, defining the concept of this instrument, which will also be the basis of his invention of the telescope (although the concept of camera obscura was already known from the tenth century in which the scientific Arab Alhazen applied its principles to explain the formation of the visual image). Original camera obscura was nothing more than a darkened room whose only light came from a hole miniscule one of its walls . The light through the hole projected an image of the outside on the opposite wall, although it was inverted and blurry artists did not hesitate to make use of darkrooms for his sketches more accurately. With the course of the centuries that first room was evolving and improving, into a small manageable box and with an optical lens into the hole to get a clearer picture

in the nineteenth century the building became general of such elements, helping unambiguously to the invention of photography in large part thanks to Chevalier . this family of optical formed by grandfather ( Louis Vincent Chevalier (1743-1800)), father (Vincent Jacques Louis Chevalier (1770-1841)) and grandson (Charles Louis Chevalier (1804-1859)) marketed its microscope objectives through its store on the Quai de l ' horloge 69, where they became providers Niépce , who besides buying lenses for their experimental cameras sent them photographic evidence of their progress. Another customer of Chevalier was Daguerre , who as you know was also conducting its own photographic experiments, in fact look like a day he barged 1824 or store the Chevalier exclaiming:

I found a way to fix the images of the camera obscura!
I've caught the fleeting light and have chained!
I've forced the Sun to paint my pictures!

As you know the race to the invention of photography not been exempt from multiple trials and errors and years later the own Charles Chevalier wrote in his memoirs that" Daguerre had claimed victory ahead of time" (the daguerreotype was not officially announced until 1839). was finally Joseph Niépce the first photographer in history, for whom the Chevalier invented and built the first camera in 1826 .

the Chevalier spoke to Daguerre to Niépce and heliographs and thanks to mediation by the painter and entrepreneur Daguerre could contact Niépce. Both perfected the camera obscura adding fasteners image in the plane of the screen and signed in 1829 a contract of incorporation through which Niépce, who died in 1833, revealed its progress in the development and commercialization of the invention. from this knowledge eventually Daguerre was able to announce and spread and in 1839 his famous daguerreotype.

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Our dark chamber of the Chevalier house is portable type for outdoor (type" tent" ) and it appears the inscription" patented" .

Spy Camera Tisdell & Whittelsey: Detective Camera

This week we show you a camera that we have acquired for our collection and will swell our already extensive family of spy cameras: the camera Tisdell & amp; Wittelsey, known as the House Detective T & amp; . W

This is bellows chamber connected to a box, which makes it completely invisible from the outside . Once opened the box, which has dimensions of 32x18x16cms, you can see the camera itself, made of mahogany, . With a lens achromatic meniscus and a shutter adjustable spring 5 speeds

When the cover is open you can access the different speeds and the target, which is hidden under a removable visor once you have determined the focal length can be lowered cover and frame the picture with discretion lifting the top of the handle of the box and looking through the viewfinder . . Two versions of this same chamber were made: one all wood and another version (which we have incorporated into our collection) completely covered skin

This camera model, which was patented, was manufactured about 1886 by the company Tisdell & amp; Whittelsey Tool, Model and Instrument Makers, New York . This company was created in 1884 and later, and in 1893, became the Tisdell Camera & amp; Manufacturing Co. and was located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which continued to manufacture this camera model

the term spy camera or detective camera was used since the late nineteenth century to about 1920s and refers to cameras those discrete appearance (especially when compared to other cameras of the time) and generally hand , so it can be used to take pictures discreetly. Later these cameras evolved into the hidden cameras on objects more elaborate and also part of our collection, such as hidden in books, pens or packages of snuff.

However spy cameras were not sold exclusively for use by detectives. A good number of advertisements of the era also encouraged its use by ordinary people.

Stereo Stereo Camera Wirgin I Edixa 35mm

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.)

Stereo Stereo Camera Wirgin I Edixa 35mm

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.)

Stereo viewer dancing Vienna August Klein

This viewer beautiful is signed by August Klein, un-Austrian Bavarian manufacturer of leather goods who came to Vienna from Nuremberg in 1845. August Klein founded his own company in Vienna leather goods in 1847, quickly becoming a success. In 1851 Klein toured Germany and France, which were the main importers of leather goods in Austria at that time, obtaining then access the French and English markets. Items Klein marked trend topics fashion and managed to reach great importance in the global market through exports to France, England, America ... Klein was named supplier of the imperial and royal coerte for leather goods, wood and bronze

the viewer before us today commemorates the Dance of the City of Vienna 1906 . This dance was the third largest in Vienna during the monarchy, after Ballroom dancing and dancing next to the Hall. This dance of the City of Vienna took place for the first time on February 1, 1890 in the City of Vienna and was created as an alternative to the Ballroom Dancing For this event some musical works were composed. The great composer Johann Strauss created his Rathaus-Ball-Tänze and Carl Michael Ziehrer his Wiener Bürger . These dances were important in Vienna. Normally related to historical events or imperial anniversaries, and were coming to an end with the end of the monarchy in 1918

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work of Wilhelm Gause: City Dance Vienna 1904

in this context luxury it is where we can frame our beautiful stereoscopic viewer, which is Brewster type and is lined in white leather with details engraved in gold commemorating the event of Dance 1900. the set is an elegance and a beautiful ornamentation that we do and think at the beginning of the Secessionsstil, a movement part of the broader" modernism" and which examples can be found in such important painters like Gustav Klimt.

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3D stereo camera Seagull 120-III

to SEAGULL 3D 120-III (id 8889.)

Seagull is the mark used since 1964 by many factories in the region of Shanghai (known simply as Shanghai Camera Factory No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 ...) . in 1976 three factories cameras Shanghai merged into a new factory: the Shanghai General Camera factory in the Song Jiang

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the first thing that catches the attention of this spectacular 3D camera is its huge size and its 5 lenses the camera has a . measures 35x21x13,8cms and weighs over 3,500 kgs and has come down to us in perfect condition from faraway Australia

As indicated camera has 5 lenses and make 3 shots per roll of 120, with 5 separate images created for each shot This type of camera is used to create 3D images of shape. professional, is images lenticular . a technology used by that illusion of depth is created in the image is viewed from different angles

This model was first manufactured in 1999 (until 2002) and is a difficult model to find

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Estereodaguerrotipo Franz K. Strezek 1809-1895


Remember what exactly a daguerreotype ? Already in the statement 202, back in May 2018, I talked about Louis Daguerre, creator of the daguerreotype, and his wonderful invention. The daguerreotype was the first photographic process officially announced and released in 1839 at the Academy of Sciences of France and with a huge impact . The work of Daguerre continued the initiated by another French scientist: Niépce

the daguerreotype is considered the first successful process of history to take pictures . To get a daguerreotype was necessary to expose a copper plate silver to iodine vapor to make it photosensitive, then with mercury vapors were generated silver amalgams and mercury which gave rise to the developed image.

But the daguerreotype before us today, which is a portrait of a cavalry captain, is no ordinary daguerreotype is a estereodaguerrotipo, ie, which is intended to create a 3D effect . In fact it comes presented in a beautiful box that includes the viewer to see the 3D image . Once the viewer mounted you could see through it as shown in this photograph

In the area of ​​the display, leather appears. embossed the name of the optical Josef Rospini, so this product would have made thanks to the collaboration of Strezek and Rospini

the author of the daguerreotype is Franz K. Strezek (Strečeck), photographer born in Prague by 1807 or 1809. Strezek moved to Vienna with his brother Thomas and began . experiment with daguerreotypes since its launch in 1839-1840 from 1844 the brothers in charge of the study of C. Schuh and already & nbsp made;. in 1854 began with the production of estereodaguerrotipos was . one of the daguerrógrafos most successful portraits of Vienna in the 1850s and often later colored the plates by hand from the 1860s began taking photographs of views without much success, which eventually it led him, along with the appearance of the carte de visite, working as an assistant in another study and eventually abandon photography in the 1870s despite that he ended his days totally depleted, the time has given him his place in the history of Austrian photography and his work has been shown in several exhibitions

Camera Watch Steineck

a camera clock ABC Steineck (id. 9065), made in 1949, in Germany in the Cold War is in full. Although it sold only for three years (1948 to 1951) as, obtained good results it is possibly considered the best in its class.

Although this historic piece was not intended as a true spy camera (as you can see in the picture has no type field to mark the time), the truth is that its great similarity with watches that have a great demand over 50 years between amateur spies and detectives . This wonderful camera is a invention of Rudolph Steineck , which years later produced and patented the camera minitura Tessina (id 5586.)

This impressive wristwatch has an aluminum body and expensive leather strap. Its weighs 42 grams and measuring chamber 42.5mm long and 35mm wide, including the shutter. It is equipped with a Steinheil fixed focus lens 12.5mm (F2.5), with only shutter speed . Has two aperture settings, whether there is bright light or dim

The camera uses a movie carousel 24mm with 8 exhibitions , and it is curious that does not have a cap index for the carousel, so that pressing the trigger the risk of losing the record run. Their albums can be cut into a standard 35mm film. In fact, the burden of the film was quite difficult, as is well appreciated in extensive instruction manual accompanying this curious wrist watch camera. There indicated to charge the camera, the cassette is presioa slightly in place in the rear opening, and the knurled edge of the cassette is rotated clockwise until it stops and the red dots of the camera body and the cassette .

The instructions also indicate that to take the picture you have to hold the camera between the index finger and the thumb, and pressing the trigger thumb while the index stabilizes chamber exerting a counterpressure. Cassette automatically rotates to take the next picture, without advancing the film.

Advertising poster Valca Photography

Spanish Society of Photographic Products SA (VALCA) . Recently, we have incorporated into the photographic collection Foticos a beautiful poster advertising this brand (id 9098.) . This is a printed embossed cardboard printers J. Gerzon SA, in the second half of the twentieth century in Spain .

probably lovers oldest photograph still remember having on their reels houses Valca or perhaps even some have revealed photo paper of the brand. Valca was a 100% Spanish dedicated to the manufacture of photographic and radiographic . was legally established in 1940 and raised the first flag of the factory in 1942, specifically in the Valley of the Cadagua (Valca), where he passed the homonymous cadagua. There was a chosen by random location, but the production process then required a tributary with clean water and stable temperature throughout the year, so the Valle de Mena (Burgos) was perfect. Although its sales offices were located in Bilbao, not in vain was a company vizcaíno origin .

View of industrial facilities by 1951

in just a few years, Valca lived an accelerated physical growth, technical and productive and captured much of the national radiographic market, while in the photographic maintained a steady hand giants like Agfa (German), Fuji (Japanese) or Kodak ( American). its heyday was in 1985. the factory of the Valle de Mena was a large business complex of 41,543 square meters. its facade was 50 meters and between their wards had room, commissary, chapel, laboratories and offices. there were . residential housing for workers came to employ more than 400 workers, and employees were a big family. feasted together parties, conducted tours, celebrating Christmas with their children, etc.

the first product that left the Valca factory was photographic material sensitive negative, bound for professionals and graphic arts. Shortly thereafter launched into the production of photographic and later paper making films in all its variants ( ... id 600, id 7793) Specifically, in 1973 was launched to the market a new type of color paper Valcolor RC, paper-backed coated polythene Much of the success of the brand is also due to their . major advertising campaigns . He even involved for several years in the Photographic Archive of the Tour of Spain.

image advertising truck Valca in the Tour of Spain

Some of the advertising campaigns Valca

despite its great success and the good quality of its products Valca did not survive the digital photography. Due in part to international aperturismo 1856 with the entry of Spain into the European Union, the Company made a great effort to internationalize , who ended up drowning economically in 1993, when it announced its closure. As demonstrated by the years, the end of the Spanish multinational reached export to the continents five predicted what later would happen to many of its major competitors, especially Kodak, which gradually were forced to abandon the analog market. If you like to discover the current state of the remains of the factory VALCA, you can take a look at the photo report he made in the years 2010/2011 the Bilbao photographer Alfonso battle in this link.

Camera Enotelf

camera Enotelf (id.9193) made to order for the national telephone company in 1980 . A copy very difficult to achieve, and finally after years searching is already in the collection of Foticos

This robust camera was created especially for Telefonica ENOSA (Empresa Nacional de Optica SA), which at that time was engaged in manufacture of optical materials and me Canica precision for the Army and educational institutions. So he created among other projectors, equipment for physical and chemical experiments, microscopes, voltmeters and analog electrical, power supplies, etc. This state company was founded by José María Otero Navascués in 1949 and later became part of the INI (Instituto Nacional de Industria), which promoted the development of industry in Spain, and disappeared in 1995 when its functions were assumed by the State Society of Participaciones Industriales (SEPI). Among other companies that were part of the INI are SEAT and ENDESA, for example. Hand Navascués, ENOSA was an attempt to trade relations with the German giant ZEISS , but Fruitful

image of ENOSA factory in 1985 in pniar de Chamartin (Madrid)

in 1985, when everything was analog, the company Telefónica commissioned ENOSA build a team called " Registrar Photo RF-2" for its operararios could make photographic meter reading said. team comprised of a support, a power source, a lighting system and a camera, also known as ENOTELF . to transfer the team was in a briefcase where they were kept up all components

it shows perfectly that ENOSA brooded all the needs of Telefonica when designing this photographic equipment. the camera, sturdy-looking and heavy to avoid breaking against possible falls worn on top a drag lever and the counter 36 exhibitions as well as the rewind crank. it is mounted with an objective of f / 45mm, and both focus, as diagragma and speed are fixed. certainly for use outside as simple as possible for use by the operators of the company Telefónica, whether or not they photography skills. in addition, the body on its front side has two projections for attachment to the lighting equipment given the poor visibility of the location of electric counters.

Gevaert diseñoado advertising doll by Eva Zippel
advertising doll brand of Agfa- Gevaert designed by Eva Zippel in 1968 (id 9196.)
Eva Zippel was a sculptor and cartoonist who worked for the toy company Shleich and that in the second half of the twentieth century made more than a dozen advertising figures for different European brands, including this doll made of soft PVC propaganda . Agfa-Gevart, we have in the collection of Foticos
a hundred years before Eva Zippel to design this doll, in 1867, a factory of color inks settled near Berlin : was the germ of what would later be AGFA . , one of the largest manufacturers of photographic film decades later, in 1890, industrial Lieven Gevaert, with only 22 years established a workshop in Antwerp (Belgium) dedicated to the manufacture of paper. calcium for the still nascent industry photographic it was in 1894 when the corporation L. Gevert & amp was created; Cie (1894-1964), who only a year later began to expand in Europe (even to settle in Spain in the 20's)
a beginning of the twentieth century, both Agfa and Gevaert . were authentic giants in the photographic industry Although Gevaert pursuing a merger since since 1940, it was not until 1964 that came to unite under the name Agfa-Gevaert (with most AGFA), also coinciding with the 125th anniversary of photography. it was a business relationship that brought them great success in the photographic market reached. have offices in 40 countries and representatives in over a hundred, employing some 15,000 people worldwide but only 17 years later, in 1981, due to the international crisis in the silver market. (main raw material for photographic materials) fired its value, Gevaert could not cope with it and the Bayer group (owner of AGFA since 1921) became absorve r 100% of the company, becoming known exclusively as AGFA
in Spain, Gevaert had a large presence in the twentieth century. Since the early 20s, at the hands of Spanish businessmen Antonio and Rafael Garriga Infonal (Industry Photographic Nacional, was created with the participation of Gevaert Belgian ). They were strong even during the Civil War and survived after the war. in fact, with the merger of Agfa and Gevaert, was also created in 1966 Agfa-Gevaert, SA, Spanish subsidiary.
Sliding lens camera ESTEREOcon G. Hare Manufacturer
This we week to tell you about a beautiful piece of Foticos collection, stereo camera G. Hare bellows sliding lens (id. 9260) . This is a piece made with mahogany and lens brass for plates
The manufacturer George Hare (1825-1913) was a carpenter from Yorkshire who in his youth moved to London where he began working for famed camera manufacturer Thomas Ottewill (who stood by using only the best Spanish mahogany in their products). In mid-1850 he founded his own company in London Calthorpe Street. Precisely this direction is engraved on a plaque in all his works. In our collection also with a beautiful stereo viewer G. Hare (id. 9240), recently acquired
Following in the footsteps of his teacher, cameras and viewers they are manu ed Maximum quality wood and beautiful . Throughout his career, the house G. Hare launched important patents and achieved great advances in the photographic market. and a changing dish plates daylight
the camera you've added to the collection lets you create stereo images with just one lens and simply: first exposure is performed with the lens displaced to one side and then the lens to the opposite side is moved and another exposure takes again. Can see the sequence in lower image
it was so successful that had many similar models, such as: other similar cameras were the" portable bellows camera improved" Meagher; Exhibition of the Sands & amp; Hunter (1881), probably made by Hare; Universal Gandolfi and Tailboard chamber Watson (c. 1883). The Hare chamber was also sold to the retail by Fallowfield
Camera Titan
Today we speak of a very special Spanish piece , and rare: the camera miniature Titan (id. 9261) , manufactured in the early 40s in Spain of Dictatorship by the company 'little camera Photo Titan', Barcelona, ​​and distributed by Oliver Salleras in Barcelona and Sempere in Madrid, as reported by the expert in Spanish chambers Gerardo Acereda Valdés

is a piece that .. stands out for its robustness and its small size in the protruding front notably the objective, on which is engraved the mark of the camera has design . T-shaped very marked and shoot 8 photos in format 2x3 was marketed in 1945 in various colors: black, red, green, camouflage type (gray and black) and chrome The our collection is the latter.. it comes mounted with a iconométrico visor and a knob drag on top. today it is very hard to find piece.
Although it is a camera on which there is a lot of information, include your marketing campaign, very advanced for its time: advantage announcing the great facility for an unlimited number of reels . ... at the price of 35 of the old pesetas! Almost cheaper than even today's digital photography!
Notice published in the press in the early 40
in registering your patent (number 165375) dated March 28, 1944, it appears as description: " a new camera, characterized in that it is of a smaller size than all known to date , because of its mechanism has been simplified and reduced so that this peculiarity has been achieved."
3D stereo camera Nimslo only rebuilt by Samy Bühlmann
exclusive stereo camera Nimslo 3D converted from four to two lenses (id 9409.) , original American company Nimstec Atlanta
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This equipment was modified personally by the experienced Swiss manufacturer of cameras Samuel Buehlmann from the body of the 3D Nimslo, manufactured in 1982 and it went on the market priced at $ 259. it is estimated that Samy Buehlmann has reached a change 120 Nimslo cameras in stereoscopic cameras throughout his life, including that of our collection. so, with this modification, the camera is able to expose two half images larger in" fomato Belplasca" , ie width of approximately 28.5mm below, instead of the 4 pictures taking the original lenses.
the Nimslo original 3D four lens was a revolution and is considered the first compact camera lens from 35mm to consumer level, which was designed to make 3D prints that could be viewed without glasses . the company also invented a way to print these images were made for only four years and at that time had no commercial success at the time, but the truth is that. this model inspired many clones three and four lenses until the 1990s , such as Nishika N8000 or Nishika N9000. the camera comes in a metal body coated leather and glass lenses. it is focus and set exposure. it is very easy to use, just aim and shoot. Each photograph uses two full exhibition space 35mm film.
in the early 80s films were sent directly to Nimslo to be revealed and then mounted lenticular prints, because your printing system was exclusively theirs. a taking four images at different ligeramentes angles simultaneously, together form a real 3D image . with great depth, detale and color So, it's no wonder that this and other cameras were used to create animated gifs" 3D"
Plate centennial anniversary Leica Oskar Barnack
we recently acquired a wonderful plate commemorating the centenary of Oskar Barnack (1879-1936) (id.9495) that Leica built in 1979 to celebrate the anniversary of one of its key characters: the inventor of the original Leica. It is a pewter plate (an alloy of lead and tin mainly) recorded by the technique of the engraving in which appears the face Oskar and a representation of the Leica I, the first model of the company . Is engraved" 1879-1979 Oskar Barnack, a pioneer in 35mm photography. The inventor of the Leica" .

left, the plaque, faithful face of Oskar Barnack (right)


Oskar Barnack was an engineer of the German company Lei tz Ca mere AG (which later became known worldwide for Leica ) and suffered from asthma, which prompted him to try. reduce the size and weight of cameras to take pictures outdoors in fact, Oskar was also one of the first photographers they made reports charts which could be seen the relationship of people with their environment

Between 1913 and 1914, Oskar managed to adapt for photographic uses the format of 35mm film which is then used in the film, giving life to the first chamber of small format, which began in 1924: the Leica I. He is known as" the house of the twentieth century" and achieved worldwide fame after it became public that photographers as prestigious as Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson used it in their daily work with this camera pictures so famous were taken like this.:

what perhaps is not as it known is that. the Leica camera served as a pretext to save the lives of thousands of Jews during the Nazi the Leitz, a Protestant family, owners of the company, they devised how to send Jews to abroad without attracting too much attention. hired Jewish workers in his factory, the formed and later sent them to America, France, United Kingdom and Hong Kong under the pretext of working there was risky, if While the Nazi government did not interfere, perhaps because some of his KITS aRE depended on them, such as the Leica 250 that the German army used their reconnaissance flights.

1979 , on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of its most important character, created the Prize Leica Oskar Barnack , awarded each year to a photographer highlighted, and . worth 5,000 euros the German company held overhand the centenary, with various designs of commemorative plaques (as we have in our collection) and even making a camera model made of gold 24k. the M4-2 were launched to the market a thousand of these cameras recorded with the copy of the signature of Oskar, and the date 1879-1979 Some of these exclusive pieces have been sold on the Internet. for a whopping $ 19,999


Stereo bronze medal Photography - Club 1921 Emile Monier

Today we speak of a curious piece of our collection: a bronze medal designed by sculptor emblematic French Émile Monier (id. 9496) . A anecdotally, if you look, it seems that in this small coin 4.5cm in diameter is represented what could be " the first selfie of history" < / font>

This medal, as seen in the back, was coined in 1921 in France, on the occasion of an open competition of the Stereo-Club . And he was commissioned to design Émile Adolphe Monier (1883-1970), an emblematic French sculptor of the Art Deco period . During his career he created very beautiful portraits of the different ethnic groups in the former French colonial empire. And due to his authorship important bronze medals minted representative profiles of men and women as Bornour, Peuhl, Senoufo or Touareg created for the Colonial Exhibition of 1931. Below you can see some of the beautiful creations of Emile Monier.

at the beginning of the twentieth century, with the rise of stereo photography, clubs began to emerge stereoscopic photography enthusiasts . In fact Stereo - French Club, founded in 1903, is perhaps the first to be created and the only ones who can boast to continue its activity since its inception. Still regularly publishes a newsletter and hold monthly meetings with its members

Returning to the medal, you can see that in the face figure of a mother next appears in relief his daughter in a posture that today it reminds us so popular act of taking a selfie. But if you look more closely, we see that the candles are seeing a view of glass or cardboard. On the table also looks like a camera, something recurring in period photographs

you know when he became the first selfie in history though it may seem, was not invented by Paris Hilton or Britney? Spears. Already in 1839, the American Robert Cornelius at his shop in Philadelphia lamps, a portrait pulled himself. I had to sit about 15 minutes standing to take photo also, Frank Sinatra, in 1938, was one of the pioneers in this movement. Under these lines you can see the" first selfie" known in history as Sinatra pulling one selfie

Stereo Camera & Deloye Devaux Le Prismac breveté S.G.D.G. 4x4

Today I aceramos an extremely rare stereo camera over a hundred years old: 'Le Prismac' (id.9570), manufactured in France in 1906 . This little gem of stereo photography was designed by the French brand Deloye and built by Devaux. Use rolls Kodak film size 102

Worldwide a handful of these cameras are barely know , of which we have recently acquired with serial number 1004, which comes with its original leather case in perfect condition. This unique piece takes exhibitions 4x4, 4x4,5 or 5x5cm. Has a metal body coated with leather, in a single construction with two internal targets of 90 degrees to reflect the image at right angles from the targets to the film, allowing more compact body to that of the time . At the bottom has a switch that activates the shutter. At the front it carries the plate manufacturer Devaux along with the name of the camera

'Le Prismac' is perhaps the only models manufactured Devaux, and the only designed by the French company Deloye. Between 1889 and 1910 Deloye partnered with Frederic Pierre Jonte, manufacturer of stereo cameras since 1868 in France. Among other cameras, the result of their association launched a very successful market such as cameras or Detective Touriste under these lines. It is a pity that just four years after making 'Le Prismac' The company Jonte & amp; Deloye broke, ending 50 years of