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Krugener’s Taschenbuch

Camera
Artist/Maker

This detective camera was disguised as a leather bound book that would hold a supply of twenty-four dry plates, which could be exposed without opening the camera. This camera captured square images 40mm x 40mm in size. It was fitted with an achromatic Voigtlander lens and a guillotine shutter providing time and instantaneous exposures. The photographer was intended to carry the camera under their arm and the lens can either be pointed in front or toward the rear.

Excerpt from Historic Camera History Librarium: http://historiccamera.com/cgi-bin/librariumadmin/pm.cgi?action=app_display&app=datasheet&app_id=2457


object details
Category
Object Type
Brief Description
Camera, 'Krugener’s Taschenbuch' Patent Book Camera, 1888. Wooden book-shaped box camera.
Physical Description
This detective camera was disguised as a leather bound book that would hold a supply of twenty-four dry plates, which could be exposed without opening the camera. This camera captured square images 40mm x 40mm in size. It was fitted with an achromatic Voigtlander lens and a guillotine shutter providing time and instantaneous exposures. The photographer was intended to carry the camera under their arm and the lens can either be pointed in front or toward the rear.



Excerpt from Historic Camera History Librarium: http://historiccamera.com/cgi-bin/librariumadmin/pm.cgi?action=app_display&app=datasheet&app_id=2457
Dimensions
  • Length: 145mm
  • Depth: 95mm
  • Height: 50mm
Credit line
The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund.
Other Number
2997 - Royal Photographic Society Number
Collection
Accession Number
RPS.226-2018

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record createdFebruary 9, 2018
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