G. Gennert, New York, NY

Burlington Camera
Nancy Hanks Camera

Gennert Catalog 1893, p. 26

6 x 8


8x10




8x10


 

 

Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1893-1903
Construction:  rear focus via push-pull, double swing, reversible by removable back,
Materials:  mahogany body, cherry base, brass hardware, black fabric bellows
Sizes Offered: 5x7, 5x8, 6x8, 8x10, 14x17
Notes:

In the 1893 catalog, this model is the Burlington View Camera.  By 1896, it was termed The Nancy Hanks.  Nancy Hanks was the mother of Abraham Lincoln.  This model is not present in Gennert Catalog 1904, so had been discontinued by 1903.  The 1901 catalog states that the camera has only a shellac finish, and is not (French) polished, but the camera shown above is French polished, so must have been made at an earlier date (possibly 1895), when they were still performing the more elegant and expensive type of finish.  All Gennert cameras of this era are very well made and finely finished.

All three of the Gennert cameras: the Oxford Camera LP416, the Brighton Camera LP524 and the Nancy Hanks Camera LP788 came with canvas cases. All of said cases have a similar style, in that the top is hinged on one side, then has a small overhanging flap on two sides, and a large flap on the front. Since they were obtained from different sources, we can safely assume that these are the original cases that were provided by Gennert along with the cameras.

References:
Descriptive Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, G. Gennert (New York, NY), c. 1893, p. 26 (As The Burlington Camera)
Photo Beacon Vol. VIII No. 7, The Beacon Publishing Co. (Chicago, IL) July 1896, glued in G. Gennert page No. 3 (As The Nancy Hanks)
Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, G. Gennert (New York, NY), 1901, p. 60 (As The Nancy Hanks)
Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, G. Gennert (New York, NY), 1903 (As The Nancy Hanks)



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