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Photos of an Antique Daguerreotype Camera

Photos of an Antique Daguerreotype Camera

I found this old Daguerreotype camera in the Charleston Museum

On a recent tour of the Charleston Museum, I spotted this old Daguerreotype camera in a display case. I’m very interested in the Daguerreotype process right now, having recently written several podcast episodes and blog posts about it. This old camera was manufactured in New York in 1870, which was well after the golden age of Daguerreotypes had passed, and wet plate negatives were the standard.

Daguerreotype camera, c. 1870 Manufactured by E & HT Anthony and Company, New York. It was the first company to develop and patent a roll-film holder that could be loaded in daylight conditions.
Daguerreotype camera, c. 1870 Manufactured by E & HT Anthony and Company, New York. It was the first company to develop and patent a roll-film holder that could be loaded in daylight conditions.
The lens (with cap on) the Daguerreotype camera, c. 1870, Manufactured by E & HT Anthony and Company, New York. This camera was manufactured after the golden age of Daguerreotypes had passed.
The lens (with cap on) the Daguerreotype camera, c. 1870, Manufactured by E & HT Anthony and Company, New York. This camera was manufactured after the golden age of Daguerreotypes had passed.
Another view of the lens of the old Daguerreotype camera held on display in the Museum of Charleston.
Another view of the lens of the old Daguerreotype camera held on display in the Charleston Museum.
Side view of the old Daguerreotype camera in the Museum of Charleston. It was manufactured by E & HT Anthony and Company, New York in 1870.
A look at the ground glass focus screen on the rear of the camera.

Listen to my podcast episode about America’s great Daguerreotype artists, Southworth and Hawes

Learn more about Daguerreotypes

I own this book and it’s a very thorough exploration of the history and conservation of Daguerreotype photographs. Buy a copy on Amazon.

The Daguerreotype: Nineteenth-Century Technology and Modern Science, by M. Susan Barger and William B. White. Available on Amazon.
The Daguerreotype: Nineteenth-Century Technology and Modern Science, by M. Susan Barger and William B. White. Available on Amazon.

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~ Keith


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