Auto Camera

Physics

Accession Number: 2009.ph.118

Description:

The camera has two bulbous ends for film spools. Between these is a recessed lens with optical focusing. The top of the camera is removable to enable switching film spools. The case contains four empty spools as well as a spool in the camera. The case contains a cord for connecting the camera to the associated “control unit” (item 2009.ph.119).

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: Metal, Wood, Plastic, Glass

Markings:

On the back of the camera: “The Auto Camera”

“MADE IN ENGLAND BY
D. SHACKMAN & SONS
LONDON & CHESHAM
WARNING
DO NOT OPERATE CAMERA WITHOUT FILM”

“No. 1042”

Dimensions (cm):

Box = Height = 14 cm, Length = 26 cm, Width = 18.5 cm; Camera: Height = 8 cm, Length = 23 cm, Width = 8.5

Function:

This is a camera for taking photos at timed intervals. It can be connected to a control unit via a wire and can also be used with various other apparatus.

Condition:

Good. The camera shows some minor signs of use.

Associated Instruments: 2009.ph.119

Manufacturer:

D. Shackman and Sons; Made in England; London and Chesham

Date of Manufacture: c. 1950

Provenance:

University of Toronto Department of Physics

Additional Information and References:

See: “Recording Camera – D. Shackman and Sons (Instrument Division)” in ‘Notes and News’ – Journal of Scientific Instruments, Volume 27, Number 4 (1950) pg 108.

Historical Notes:

  • Donated to UTSIC