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The Phototake Camera was manufactured by the Chicago Camera Company in circa 1896. It was an all metal detective camera that was shaped in a four inch diameter cylinder and fit into the palm of a hand. It was patented on September 29, 1886. This camera was capable of capturing five exposures on two inch by two inch glass plates. The top rotates to bring the plates into position. The body was made of copper. It was fitted with a Achromat 14/120 mm lens accompanied with a guillotine shutter. Originally priced at $2.50.
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