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c1889. 2½x2½'' exposures on dry plates, box-type camera. Photosphere-like camera in the polished wood case.

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by Madd10 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:37 am

There is one sold on Ebay Sept 3 2015 for $2,700 see pictures for condition, this is the description (which in my opinion is too flattering - there is a serious crack in the front panel - I have added the price above in the price table)

c. 1905-1915 Ford's Tom Thumb Wooden Box Camera & Three Film Cartridges. In the listing photo one film cartridge is inside the camera. Inside cover has a partial paper label, see photo. The metal camera is stamped "Max Juruick, Man'f'r of Optical & Mathematical Instruments, 64 Hancock Av. J.C. - 765". The "J.C." stands for Jersey City, New Jersey where that manufacturer was located.

Measures 4 3/8" x 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" tall. Weighs 1 pound 4 ounces. Each cartridge measures 3 3/8" x 3 1/2" x 1/2".

Condition: Very Good Condition with some scuff marks to the case - see the photos. Appears to be in good working order.
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by Madd10 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:46 am

It must be the month of the Tom Thumb cameras - another one in much better condition was sold on Sept 4 2015 on Ebay for $3,800.

This is the description
FORD'S TOM THUMB CAMERA! Ford's Tom Thumb Camera. The Tom Thumb detective camera was designed by James H. Ford and manufactured by Max Jurnick in Jersey City, N.J. It was first introduced in the summer of 1888. Its patent, No. 403,994 Photographic Camera, was approved on May 27, 1889. The camera offered here is prior to the patent approval date as it is stamped on the metal interior as "Pat. Applied For." The camera takes 2.5" square images. There are two plate holders included ("The Beauty." Barnett's Dry Plate Holder). The shutter works, there is some wear as shown. Includes the adhered "Ford's Tom Thumb Camera" label indicating that it is an early production as the label later dropped the "Ford's" from the title. The camera itself measures 4.5" x 4.5" x 5." This camera is from the collection of the late Harvey Zucker, the proprietor of "A Photographer's Place" bookstore which operated in Soho in NYC from 1979-2000.

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