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Rear focusing wooden Reisekamera with rotating bellows

Object | Accession Number: 1990.83.2

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.

manufacture:  approximately 1890
Object Type
Travel camera (ushmm)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:21:32
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