A passed down camera

Laura Doggett – Phoenix

A lady in my church, Barbara, gave me a camera box to look at ( I’m so sorry it took almost three months ) …but finally I took a look and I was fascinated. Less so with the camera itself although it’s the first plate folding camera I own. It’s what came with the camera…

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As you can see the camera is called an Ensign – Klito ( details here: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Houghton_and_Ensign ) It’s British made in around 1924 and worth about £40.00 in mint condition. Sadly this camera is broken.

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This is where for me it gets exciting! Also in the camera bags were metal slides with plates. Not only that, but…



Some unopened film dated 1938 ( sorry for the detail crop below ) I just couldn’t resist and opened the film…


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The film really reminds me of peel-apart Polaroid… 2015-10-04_0011 2015-10-04_0012

Most exciting of all, there were loads of negatives ! Some on glass plates some in the 11cm format – I quickly made a scan of an image.

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So it looks like a lot of family pictures dated from 1924 – 1938. So exciting – I will scan some more when I get time. In the meantime, I’ll get some more information from Barbara.

Andrea Flynn - October 4, 2015 - 8:56 pm

How exciting! This sort of thing fascinates me!

Barbara Kettel - October 4, 2015 - 11:45 pm

I believe the lady on the left is my Grandmother, the boy is my Father (born 1919) and the man on the right my Grandfather.

Davina Smith - October 5, 2015 - 6:52 am

Wow! My Grandpa as a boy and my great grandparents! What a find!