Rear focusing wooden Reisekamera with rotating bellows
Audiovisual and Photographic Materials
- Object Type
Travel camera (ushmm)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Wooden tailboard or travel camera with a rotating bellows for capturing horizontal and vertical photographs made in Europe around the turn of the 20th century. This type of camera has a hinged base or tailboard, allowing for rear focusing with a ground glass back. Once the focus is fixed, the glass is replaced with a glass plate negative. This variant of tailboard camera is also known as a continental view due to its equally wide front and body sections. Travel cameras were developed for use by professional photographers outside the studio. The design was perfected in Germany, where they are called Reisekamera, but often produced in other central European countries including France, where they are known as Chambre de Voyage. They were especially popular between 1895 and 1914.
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Also in Prewar German travel camera and tabletop radio collection
The collection consists of a wood encased Reisekamera and an AEG 28W tabletop radio manufactured in Germany.
AEG 28W tabletop radio manufactured by the German company AEG (Allgemeine Elektricitaˆts-Gesellschaft), a pioneer in electrical power engineering and a worldwide supplier of electrical equipment and systems. AEG factories were essential to the production of aircraft, automobiles, and railways. In 1933, AEG provided financial support for the newly formed Nazi government. The company initially resisted the antisemitic racial policies of the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 and retained Jewish employees, including members of the managing board. But in 1936-37, facing financial difficulties, the company complied with Nazi policy. By 1943, AEG was an integral part of the war economy. It was a major consumer of slave labor from the ghettos and camps, locating factories near sites such as Riga, Latvia, and Auschwitz III with ample labor supplies. The company voluntarily made reparation payments in 1960.