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Camera - Al-Vista Panoramic, Multiscope & Film Co, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: HT 3784

Al-Vista Panoramic Camera, manufactured by the Multiscope & Film Co., Burlington, Wisconsin, USA, circa 1900. It was probably used by photographer William S. Anderson.

It is part of a collection of glass plate negatives, stereoscopic negatives, panoramas, postcards, photographs and cameras belonging to the William S Anderson Collection.

William Anderson purchased 'Norman and Brown's' photographic business in December 1899 and began a strong association with Lorne that was to last for 50 years. From 1898 until his death in 1948 Anderson photographed the changing surrounding landscapes and visitors of guest houses in the area.
Box-form camera for panoramic exposures of varying lengths. Runs by clockwork, with the winder underneath. Lens is attached to velvet material and a mechanism which pivots the lens 180 degrees. Various levers and attachments on top include a gauge for measuring exposure length, a lever for regulating the amount of sweep of the lens, a viewfinder, and a gauge for measuring the amount of film which had been used; there is also a carrying strap handle and a long, leather handle which is attached at top of left and right sides. Black cover is in poor condition in places.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Anderson Collection
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 18 cm (Height), 20.5 cm (Width), 34 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cameras, photography, landscape photography, photographers
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: PHOTOGRAPHY
Secondary Classification: Image Making Equipment
Tertiary Classification: cameras - panoramic
Inscriptions: Gauge on top measures exposures of 6, 8, 10, 14, 16 inches long.
Manufacturer: Multiscope & Film Co, Burlington, Wisconsin, United States of America, circa 1900
User (Probable): Mr William Anderson, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900


Dudley L Meadows Posted on 07 May 2014 12:16 PM
I do not see a viewfinder?

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