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Old Wood & Paper Glen Pinhole Camera, c1890 | by EDUARDO URDANGARAY
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Old Wood & Paper Glen Pinhole Camera, c1890

Glen Camera Co., The Glen Pinhole Camera (c1887), 2.5" x 2.5"


This is an old wood and paper Glen Camera Company (NYC) pinhole camera. It was sold under a variety of names, but the Glen Pinhole Camera, c1890, is probably the most descriptive. f/75 pinhole claimed to cover 100 degrees, and took 2.5” x 2.5” pics on Glen Dry Plates (package of six for $.30). The camera first showed up in ads in 1887, and Glen routinely advertised in Scientific American for a number of years. (I’ll include Xerox copies of several pages of the ads and other materials.) The red cardboard outer “case” is covered with something they called “Moroccoette” (hmmm . . . ) and is a bit faded and a bit rough in spots. The pic makes it look worse than it is. The covering case is still structurally sound and in pretty decent condition given that it shouldn’t have survived at all. The wood bodied camera is about as cheap and crudely-made as you can get – but the ads claim that you can throw it over a house and it will survive. Why would that even occur to anyone to try? A bit far-fetched as a recommendation (and out of warranty now), so I would probably refrain from the temptation.

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Taken on February 11, 2008