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  Primer or Xeno Camera

The Primer or Xeno Camera was manufactured by the Western Camera Mfg. Company in circa 1897. It is unsure if the two cameras were exactly the same however they were made in the same size and at this early period of the company. They may have experimented with naming as the Primer was identified in a European advertisement. The camera took exposures 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch square on special glass plates. It was capable of holding up to six plates on three double plate holders. It was fitted with a single achromatic lens with a time and instantaneous shutter. It had a brilliant finder and handle, and covered in leatherette. Originally priced at $2.50 or 10s 6d.

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