- Jan 3, 2014
- Baltimore, MD
So I've a mystery to solve and hope your folks can help me solve it -- anyone recognize this camera?
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I belonged to my great grandmother, used quarter glass plate negatives, and accepted a remote shutter trigger, probably pneumatic. This photo was likely taken in 1904 in Roanoke, VA. USA. This is a crop of a mirror reflection in this photo.
From the same scene, the second, blurrier crop is from a scan I haven't restored yet. And confoundingly, this plate was taken in portrait orientation, while the first was in landscape, yet the camera orientation hasn't changed. Could this be a clue to the camera model? Or is this someone else's camera that just happened to be in the shot? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Meh. After thinking on it more, I think this has to have been someone else's camera, as the shot appears to be perpendicular to the mirror, which would place the actual camera in the center of the photo, which might still have been reflected had the flowers not been there.
Still, it would be interesting if anyone could ID the camera, even if it wasn't my great grandmother's after all.