Grandpa’s photocar in Downer’s Grove, Illinois. Probably beside the train station.
We finally opened the four boxes my cousin sent us last month; these contained the other half of our grandfather’s cameras. Grandpa was a professional photographer who first worked in the Chicago area and later as a still photographer for the movie studios, between 1914 and 1932. We have so many photos that Grandpa took of Grandma that it makes us think he followed her around with a camera all of the time.
Flash pan leaning against the box.
This is a very big brass lens, and I think it belongs to the camera beside it but I’m not sure, because I don’t see how it was attached. I have the other half of Grandpa’s cameras packed in a couple of large boxes and it could belong to one of them.
This takes really large rolls of film or 5 X 7 plates. I think that this is the one that Grandpa used a lot in Hollywood. Dad may know.
Voigtlander camera. A little brass plate on the side of the case says Paul Delte Photo-Spezial Haus, Frankfurt, M. It’s very tiny and hard to read. The camera and bellows appear to be in very good condition.
V.P. stands for vest pocket. It’s a small bakelite camera that folds up very small, but it’s still a bit large for most pockets. This one has the box in perfect condition as well as the original instruction booklet, but there must have been a light leak at the hinge because someone has taped it up.
Penny frame camera. Made by Simon Wing circa 1889, brass and polished mahogany. This is one of the two cameras we were hoping to find in the box. The small lens visible on this face is mounted on a track and can move up and down or side to side, about 12 differen positions the way it is set up right now. It reminds me of a Chinese puzzle box.
Found the picture below at this website:
The photo below shows what a penny frame does with a photographic plate, subdividing it into smaller frames for individual exposures.
Dad, circa 1918.
My grandmother bit my dad’s finger to make him cry for the last frame. Not a real bite, just a pretend one. she wanted a picture of a crying baby because that’s what all of her friends had, and Dad was so used to the camera that he never cried.
Now I need to get the other half of the cameras out of the case and see what I have. There should be two fairly large cameras, a landscape and the larger portrait camera. The photo below shows Grandma with Grandpa’s portrait camera.
We have plans for getting as many of the cameras into good working order, finding appropriate film for all of them, and having a camera party this Fall.