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Anthony Victor

Anthony Victor with Instantaneous 4x5 Rectalinear lens

The Victor camera was introduced in 1889 and featured front and back movements, an improved spring back, and rack-and-pinion focusing. The traditional six sizes from 4x5 to 8x10 were available although 5x7 seems to have been the most popular size. The smaller sizes are uncommon. Most Victor cameras came equipped with a single achromatic landscape lens. This particular camera has an unusual combination #1 Instantaneous Rectilinear/#1 Single Achromatic (landscape) lens. The front portion of the Rectilinear can be removed, leaving the rear portion to be used as the landscape lens.

Text and photos courtesy of Milan Zahorcak.