Studio camera used for printing

Made in England, United Kingdom, Europe, 1914-1920.

Newspaper production was one of the major sources of public information for over a century, and efforts were constantly made to perfect speedier means of producing them.

Although the process of photography was being perfected by the 1890s and large studio cameras were being produced, it was generally accepted by editors and proprietors of daily newspapers that it was lowering the dignity of their journals to publish illustrations as part of the daily news. Illustration was then regarded as more...


Studio camera, with lens and cover, electric timer, and glass plate, wood / leather / metal / glass, made by R Littlejohn, place unknown, c. 1914 / electric timer made by Edgcumbe, England, c. 1920

Wooden camera and bellows, with lens, electric timing device, and glass plate. Has a feature enabling the photographer to view the image through a special attachment. The camera has been removed from the long section of rails that it ran on for ease of movement; and adapted by having a suction tube attached - the tube was attached to a vacuum cleaner and used to suck air from the camera thus ensuring that the film remained without air bubbles. The lens attaches to the front face of the camera. The glass plate, with an image transferred onto it, fits over the front of the camera. The bellows sit between two rectangular wooden frames, and are extended by moving the two frames apart along a short section of rails. The electric timer was used to set the amount of exposure when taking a photograph.


1000 mm
610 mm


Manufacturer's plate "R Littlejohn" appears on the camera.

Everett Edgcumbe, made in England appears on the electric timer.


Gift of Robert Napper, 2007
24 December, 2007

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Studio camera used for printing 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 November 2017, <>
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