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  Bell Panorama Camera ( Straight Working )

The Bell Panorama Camera ( Straight Working ) was manufactured by the American Northern Photo Supply Company in 1912. It was designed and patented by Isaac A. Bell of Crinnell, Iowa, in 1908 and 1911. This camera was the first to introduce a stationary wide angle panoramic camera. It eliminated the need for mechanical mechanisms that would rotate, spin or require a curved back. It made a standard size panoramic picture 3 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch on standard 122 roll film. Later models included a knob to change the format size to create a picture of 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch in addition to the 3 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch size. The camera body was made of hardwood covered in seal grain leather. The lens was a special universal focus combination, made especially for this camera. The lens was fitted with a special Wollensak shutter working for time, bulb and instantaneous exposures. It was made with two tripod sockets for panaramic and panel work, two built-in brilliant finders. It was priced at $35.00 in 1911.

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