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Description
a) A rectangular black camera with a leather covering. On the top of the camera is a leather strap attached with two metal screws with "Midget No 1" printed on it. On the front is a metal dial with "COVER 32 16 11 8" printed on it and a circular metal badge with "BUTCHER'S FAMOUS MIDG BRITISH MADE"…
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Manufacturer
Butcher
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR COMMUNICATION
Sub-Category
PHOTOGRAPHIC TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
Britain
Start Date
1900
End Date
1920
Description
a) A rectangular black camera with a leather covering. On the top of the camera is a leather strap attached with two metal screws with "Midget No 1" printed on it. On the front is a metal dial with "COVER 32 16 11 8" printed on it and a circular metal badge with "BUTCHER'S FAMOUS MIDG BRITISH MADE" printed on it. The front flap is released by two metal clasps and inside is a metal spring attached to wooden piece with "363" carved on it. b-g) Also inside the camera are six metal plates with the numbers 1-6 carved on the corresponding one.
Narrative
The Midg are a line of cameras made by the British company Butcher in the 1900s and 1910s. All are made of mahogany and contain a drop-plate magazine. It is a box-shaped detective cameras. The Midg No.1 has a focusing Beck Symmetrical lens and an everset shutter. It can hold 12 plates or 24 film sheets in quarter-plate size (3¼×4¼ ), and this camera has 6 plate holders inside. A Midg No.1 was used in 1917 by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths for the famous "Cottingley fairies" hoax.
Height
a) 15.5
Width
a) 9.1 b) 8.2
Length
a) 18.3 b-g) 11.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
7
Accession No.
2013.24.91 a-g
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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