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Camera - Black Cycle Wizard

From the Collection of Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc. 2 Gilles Street (south of Merri St) Warrnambool Victoria

Description
Black rectangular hard cardboard and wooden case with a leather type covering. It has a leather strap handle attached with metal keepers. The bottom is hinged and opens to reveal the lens and other components of the camera which expand out when in use. The metal fitting on the inside are white metal.
The top has an inner section which closes with two metal clips. It opens to reveal a rectangle of opaque glass held in place with two small metal clips.
Size
13.8 cm x 16 cm x 6.6 cm
Object Registration
002495
Keywords
black cycle wizard, wizard camera, warrnambool history
Historical information
This camera, known as the Manhattan Optical Cycle Wizard was made towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th , when the pastime of photography was popular and people were also becoming more mobile. They were relatively cheap to buy and portable .
When Made
1891
Significance
An interesting item which shows the early mechanisms of cameras.
Inscriptions & Markings
Cycle Wizard Manhattan optical co. N Y. Bausch & Lomb Opt Co Pat Jan 8 . 91.
Last updated
19 Jul 2019 at 11:12AM