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- Author V. Bischoff Company
- Date of production 1890
- Place of creation Munich, Germany
- Dimensions height: 15 cm, length: 23 cm, width: 13 cm
- ID no. MHF 1025/I
- Object copyright The Walery Rzewuski History of Photography Museum in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
The detective camera was produced around 1890 by V. Bischoff from Munich (Germany). It is a very rare camera, with a hand-held 9x12 cm disc changer, that allows you to quickly take 12 photos.more
The detective camera was produced around 1890 by V. Bischoff from Munich (Germany). It is a very rare camera, with a hand-held 9x12 cm disc changer, that allows you to quickly take 12 photos.
The visible cubic box brings to mind the most primitive designs of cameras of the box type, used in the first years of photography. The shape, however, is misleading, because—by placing the ‘magazine’ on the back of the disc — you can capture twelve photos with this camera imperceptibly. This is made possible thanks to the leather bag on the side of the camera. Two folding mirror sights for vertical and horizontal photos allow for efficient framing; the lever in the upper part of the camera facilitates focus; a circular counter — “diary” — on the side enables you to determine the number of photos taken. Thanks to the leather handle, you can easily move the camera.
On the side wall, there is a small disc specifying the seller of this camera. This was: storehouse of photographic articles—Soennecken & Co in Munich. The manufacturer's patent rights are reminiscent of the lettering on the ring around the lens: Patent V. Bischoff München.
The name of the camera under discussion — the detective camera — is related to advertising slogans accompanying the introduction of cameras with replacement films. This refers back to the quick and unnoticed shooting of photographs, characteristic for detectives known from the pages of novels. This name was also adopted in Poland, where these cameras are called “detectives”.
Elaborated by Marek Maszczak (The Walery Rzewuski History of Photography Museum in Kraków), © all rights reserved