E. & H.T. Anthony

Amateur Equipment  or Outfit (#'s 1-8B), Variation 2 (Folding Beds)

Anthony catalog, 1887, pp. 4-10

Anthony's Amateur Equipment No. 4; 4x5, mahogany, folding bed, rise but no swing, Camera No. 4 on all three tables below (1882-1889).

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view entire line of Anthony Amateur Equipment for 1887

Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1887 - c. 1889
Construction: rear focus via push-pull; optional swing; reverse by two tripod mounts; 3-piece lens board
Materials: optional body; cherry base track; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: (A=No Swing; B=Single Swing=N.P.A; #1/1A=4x5; #1/1B=4x6; #2/2B=5x8; #4=vertical 4x5 (photos above); #6=#5 w/ lens; #7B=6x8; #8B=8x10
Notes:

     From available catalogs, the camera known as Anthony's Amateur Equipment varied in design not only over time, but by Anthony's model number.  Depending upon the model number, the camera would be made of different wood, would be painted or varnished, have a folding or non-folding bed, or have other features.  The tables below detail the exact configuration according to catalogs.  As a useful, easy to remember distinction, Anthony's Amateur Equipment has been split into two rough variations: Variation 1 includes camera having non-folding beds, and Variation 2 includes cameras having folding beds.

Amateur Equipment (#s 1-8)  - June 1882
     Anthony's Amateur Equipment c.1882 was a simple camera, offered in a limited variety.  At this time, Amateur Equipment was the only model in the catalog, and the name represents an almost bewildering number of variations, best represented in chart form:

Anthony's Amateur Equipment (#1-8) - c.1882

Number Ground Glass Size Wood Lens Type Mono Lens Board and Lens Stereo Lens Board and Two Lenses Finish Bed Type Rising Front Focusing Screw Swing
1 5x51 Plain (Basswood or Similar) Single Achromat No (The Lens is installed directly into camera body) No Ebonized (Black Paint) Non-Folding No No No

1 No. 1 and No. 4 have a square bellows and back, allowing the plate holder to be positioned for horizontal or vertical format, without the necessity of moving the camera

1 4x6 Plain Single Achromat No (The Lens is installed directly into camera body) No Ebonized Non-Folding No No No
2 5x8 Plain Single Achromat Yes No Ebonized Non-Folding No No No
3 5x82 Plain Single Achromat Yes Yes Ebonized Non-Folding No No No

2 No. 3 is the same as No. 2 with the addition of a second lens board having two lenses for stereo photographs, and a stereo septum to separate the photos inside the bellows

4 5x51 Mahogany Single Achromat Yes No Varnish Folding, with Long Screw from the Front to Make the Bed Rigid Yes Yes No
5 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat No, But Extra Lens Board Yes Varnish Folding Yes Yes No
6 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat with Push-Pull Focus Yes Yes Varnish Folding Yes Yes No
7 6x8 Plain Single Achromat with Rack and Pinon Focus Yes No Ebonized Folding No Yes No
8 8x10 Plain Single Achromat with Rack and Pinon Focus Yes No Ebonized Folding No Yes No

 

Amateur Equipment (#s 1-8) - May 1885 - September 1886
     By the May 1885 Anthony Catalog, other field camera models had been introduced, namely The Patent Bijou Camera, The Novel View Camera, and the Model Stereo Box.  The Amateur Equipment was still listed, as follows throughout 1886.  Changes from 1882 are marked in light blue:

Anthony's Amateur Equipment (#1-8) - c.1885

Number Ground Glass Size Wood Type of Lens(es) Mono Lens Board and Lens Stereo Lens Board and Two Lenses Finish Bed Type Rising Front Focusing Screw Swing Back
1 5x51 Plain (Basswood or Similar) Single Achromat No (The Lens is installed directly into camera body) No Stain & Varnish Non-Folding No No No

1 No. 1 and No. 4 have a square bellows and back, allowing the plate holder to be positioned for horizontal or vertical format, without the necessity of moving the camera

1 4x6 Plain Single Achromat No (The Lens is installed directly into camera body) No Stain & Varnish Non-Folding No No No
2 5x8 Plain Single Achromat Yes No Stain & Varnish Non-Folding No No No
2A (New Number) 5x8 Plain Single Achromat Yes No Stain & Varnish Folding w/ Patent Hooks No No No
2B (New Number) 5x8 Plain Single Achromat Yes No Stain & Varnish Folding w/ Patent Hooks Yes No Yes
3 5x82 Plain Single Achromat Yes Yes Stain & Varnish Non-Folding No No No

2 No. 3 is the same as No. 2 with the addition of a second lens board having two lenses for stereo photographs, and a stereo septum to separate the photos inside the bellows

4 5x51 Mahogany Single Achromat Yes No Varnish Folding, with Long Screw from the Front to Make the Bed Rigid Yes Yes No
5 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat No, But Extra Lens Board Yes Varnish Folding Yes Yes No
6 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat with Push-Pull Focus Yes Yes Varnish Folding Yes Yes No
7 6x8 Cherry Single Achromat with Rack and Pinon Focus Yes No Varnish Folding No Yes No
8 8x10 Cherry Single Achromat with Rack and Pinon Focus Yes No Varnish Folding No Yes No

 

Amateur Equipment (#s 1-8) Variation 2 - August 1887 - January 1889
     By the August 1887 Anthony Catalog, even more field camera models had been introduced than were offered in 1885-1886. But the Amateur Equipment was still listed, but, again, expanded to cover even more options, including more "B" versions.  All cameras are now mahogany, only the No. 4 retains a focus screw, and the name The N.P.A. Camera is introduced to refer to a camera having folding bed (with Patent Hooks), a rising front and swing movement.  Changes from 1885 are marked in light blue:

Anthony's Amateur Equipment (#1-8) - c.1885

Number Ground Glass Size Wood Type of Lens(es) Mono Lens Board and Lens Stereo Lens Board and Two Lenses Finish Bed Type Rising Front Focusing Screw Swing Back
1 4x5 horizontal Mahogany Single Achromat No (The Lens is installed directly into camera body) No Varnish Non-Folding No No No
1B (New Number, and Also Called The N.P.A. Camera) 4x5 horizontal Mahogany Single Achromat Yes No Varnish Folding Yes No Yes
1 4x6 Mahogany Single Achromat Yes No Varnish Non-Folding No No No
1B (New Number) 4x6 Mahogany Single Achromat Yes No Varnish Folding Yes No Yes
2 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat Yes No Varnish Non-Folding No No No
2A 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat Yes No Varnish Folding w/ Patent Hooks No No No
2B (Also Called The N.P.A. Camera) 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat with Instantaneous (Drop) Shutter Yes No Varnish Folding w/ Patent Hooks Yes No Yes
3 5x82 Mahogany Single Achromat Yes Yes Varnish Non-Folding No No No

2 No. 3 is the same as No. 2 with the addition of a second lens board having two lenses for stereo photographs, and a stereo septum to separate the photos inside the bellows

4 5x51 Mahogany Single Achromat Yes No Varnish Folding, with Long Screw from the Front to Make the Bed Rigid Yes Yes No

1 No. 4 has a square bellows and back, allowing the plate holder to be positioned for horizontal or vertical format, without the necessity of moving the camera

5 (Also Called The N.P.A. Camera) 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat No (No More Extra Lens Board) Yes French Polish Folding w/ Patent Hooks Yes No Yes
6 5x8 Mahogany Single Achromat with Push-Pull Focus Yes Yes French Polish Folding w/ Patent Hooks Yes No Yes
7B (Replaces No. 7, and Also Called The N.P.A. Camera) 6x8 Mahogany Single Achromat with Rack and Pinon Focus Yes No French Polish Folding w/ Patent Hooks Yes No Yes
8B (Replaces No. 8, and Also Called The N.P.A. Camera) 8x10 Mahogany Single Achromat with Rack and Pinon Focus Yes No French Polish Folding w/ Patent Hooks Yes No Yes


 

     By 1889, the designation Amateur Equipment was dropped, and the No. 1, No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 became the Manhattan Camera, in cherry wood and later mahogany.

     Compare the numbers 1-8 with American Optical's Dry Plate Outfits #1-8 - each number refers to the same size plate regardless of manufacturer.

     An "Equipment" usually refers to just the camera, while an "Outfit" would include a lens, wooden case, tripod, and possibly a dark cloth.

     This model may be distinguished from the Champion model by its construction.  Note that, in the Amateur Equipment Cameras, both the front and rear standards have a solid block of wood underlying the box-jointed part.  The Champion and later NPA models  are  made with the box-jointed part placed directly on and overlapping the bed, a neater but perhaps trickier construction.  Rival Scovill's cheap model Ne Plus Ultra also had the solid block underlayment type of construction.

References:
Illustrated Catalogue of Amateur Photographic Equipments & Materials, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY),  September 1886, pp. 5-11
Anthony's Photographic Bulletin, Vol. 17, No. 18, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co., (New York, NY), September 25, 1886, p. 12
Illustrated Catalogue of Amateur Photographic Equipments & Materials, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY),  August 1887, pp. 4-10
Illustrated Catalogue of Amateur Photographic Equipments & Materials, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY), January 1888, pp. 4-10
Illustrated Catalogue of Amateur Photographic Equipments & Materials, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY), January 1889, pp. 4-10

 

Anthony's Amateur Equipment: Early No. 5: 5x8, folding bed, mahogany, no rise, no swing, fine focus screw.  This example is on an early type, Camera No. 5 on the June 1882 table.




"EA" lens, insertable stops

 

 

Anthony catalog, 1887, pp. 4-10

 

Anthony's Amateur Equipment: Late No. 2A: 5x8, folding bed, mahogany, no rise, no swing, no fine focus screw, Anthony-type corner ground glass clips; Camera No. 2A on the 1886-1889 tables.


 

 

 

Amateur Equipment 2B; 5x8; E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. catalog,  September 1886, p. 7
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Anthony's Amateur Equipment No. 2B: 5x8, folding bed, mahogany, rise, and swing.  By 1887, the name of this camera had been changed to Champion Variation 1A.
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