Camera bellows

Physics

Accession Number: 2009.ph.128

Description:

A pair of wooden boxes are connected with a card bellows. The lower tray has an empty slot, ostensibly for a photo slide. Opposite the opening is a metal mounting bracket. The upper wooden box has a removable, top-mounted wooden plate with a threaded, circular opening in it.

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: Wood, Metal, Cardboard

Markings:

The upper box has a silver plate affixed to one edge, which reads “Bausch & Lomb Optical Co., Rochester N.Y.”, “Made for The Tolley Company, Ottawa, Canada”, “No. 7449”.

Dimensions (cm):

Height = 11.5, Width = 25 cm, Length = 28.5 cm

Function:

With the use of a lens and a wet photographic plate, this forms part of the apparatus necessary for taking photographs.

Condition:

Fair. The wood is in good condition. The bellows show significant signs of use in the form of tears and wear at the corners and folds of the card.

Associated Instruments:

Manufacturer:

Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.; Rochester, N.Y.; The Tolley Company,

Date of Manufacture:

Provenance:

University of Toronto Department of Physics

Historical Notes:

  • Donated to UTSIC