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- Author Contessa Nettel A.G. Company
- Date of production 1919–1922
- Place of creation Stuttgart, Germany
- Dimensions height: 7.5 x 14.5 x 4.4 cm
- ID no. MHF 1236/I
- Object copyright Museum of Photography in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska’s Virtual Museums project
This is a foldable stereoscopic camera for glass discs, with a 4.5 x 10.7 cm format. The camera is equipped with two lenses — Tessar 1: 4.5 f = 6.5 cm—by Carl Zeiss from Jena. It took pictures (stereo-pair) on a 4.5 x 10.7 cm....more
This is a foldable stereoscopic camera for glass discs, with a 4.5 x 10.7 cm format. The camera is equipped with two lenses — Tessar 1: 4.5 f = 6.5 cm — by Carl Zeiss from Jena. It took pictures (stereo-pair) on a 4.5 x 10.7 cm “dry” glass plate.
The history of self-made stereoscopic photos by amateur photographers began in the 1890s. However, most models of stereoscopic cameras appeared in the offer of German and French manufacturers of photographic equipment in the first years of the 20th century.
The majority of manufacturers in Germany had their headquarters in Dresden. The major manufacturer of stereoscopic cameras was the company Contessa Kamerawerke in Stuttgart, which merged with the Nettel company, becoming the AG joint-stock company in 1919
The corpus of the presented camera has the shape of a cubic prism and is made of metal; inside, it has been varnished black; on the outside, it is covered with black leather with a grained texture. It has a metal front, covered with black varnish of a decorative texture; the inscriptions engraved in the middle are: “Duchessa / Stereo”, and below: “Contessa / Nettel”. After pulling the headers out with the help of scissored chromed metal guides, bellows taped with black leather are visible for each lens.
Two Tessar 4.5 / 65 lenses, manufactured by Carl Zeiss Jena, are mounted in metal snapshot frames fitted in the header, with the engraved lettering “COMPUR”.
Elaborated by Marek Maszczak (Museum of Photography in Kraków), © all rights reserved