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Fowke's Bellows camera

 

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  • Ref Number:

    1908-134

  • Creator:

    Thomas Ottewill and Company; Fowke, Francis, (1823-1865)

  • Date:

    1856

  • Description:

    Bellows camera invented by Francis Fowke in 1856.

    Francis Fowke was an architect and engineer, among other inventions he patented the folding photographic camera in May 1856, later known as the bellows camera. The camera was made by Thomas Ottewill and Company of London, who later exhibited 'a Monster camera made by Mr Ottewill upon Capt. Fowkes' plan' at the Photographic Society's exhibition in 1858.