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Blair Hawk-Eye Detective Camera
Both the Hawk-Eye name and the camera were introduced in 1888 by the Boston Camera
Company. Boston Camera was purchased by the Blair Camera Company in 1890, and the Hawk-Eye
continued in production relatively unchanged. This is the first Blair version of the camera in a natural
finish. There were several design changes in later models including a leather covering and a number
options, but all used internal bellows for focusing. While designed to carry up to three double-sided
4x5 dry plate
holders, this particular camera also carries an optional Eastman roll film holder. The natural wood
rarely seen anymore. The later models and leather-covered versions still show up occasionally.
Text and photos courtesy of Milan Zahorcak.