This beautiful Sanderson Tropical hand camera dates to circa 1910 and takes photographs in postcard plate size (5″ x 3.5″ inches), popular during this era. Britannic Auctions sold this antique camera for $615.
Made of polished teak with brass fittings, black leather bellows, the camera is fitted with a Koilos shutter by Carl Zeiss, London N225467 Tessar.
The Sanderson Tropical Hand Camera
The Sanderson Tropical Hand Camera, produced by the British company J. H. Dallmeyer Ltd., emerged in the early 20th century as a response to the growing demand for lightweight and portable cameras suitable for outdoor photography, particularly in tropical climates.
Sanderson’s “tropical” version of their field camera was produced in 1904 and remained available into the 1930s. It was designed to withstand the rigors of travel and the challenges posed by humid and hot environments.
A Postcard Plate Sized Camera
Postcard plate size cameras were a type of antique camera designed to produce images in a format suitable for postcards. They were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when postcards became a common means of communication and sharing images with friends and family.
RPPC postcard photographers, often armed with hand cameras, ventured outdoors to capture images of their local areas. With careful composition and exposure adjustments, they immortalized landscapes, events, and everyday scenes.
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