The Popular Ferrotype Camera was manufactured for Jonathan Fallowfield in circa 1907. By the time of this cameras introduction, Fallowfield was a recognized leader for Ferrotype apparatus. The Popular was a simple to use camera and inexpensive compared to others on the market selling at 60 shillings. It came with a daylight loading magazine that would hold 36 sheaths. Once the magazine was loaded and the sliding back pushed across into place, the image could be focused on the screen and slide back drawn to the right which loads a plate into position. The exposure was then taken. By pressing a spring the plate drops out of the holder and into the bath for about 25 seconds. then it is lifted into the adjacent bath of the fixing solution for another 25 seconds, then rinsed in the washing tank and then dried by heat and the operation complete.
This ferrotype camera was patented on April 15, 1902 by Herbert E. Hickox of Great Yarmouth, England. It was also introduced in America by the Quta Camera and Plate company of New York, at the same time Fallowfield introduced this camera.
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