Folding Cyclone

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The Folding Cyclone and Bicycle Folding Cyclone are a range of folding plate cameras made by the Western Camera Manufacturing Company in the 1890s. They are wooden-bodied, and horizontally oriented. Most of the cameras are relatively lightweight, intended for use as hand cameras (and as the name suggests, for carrying on fashionable bicycle outings).[1]

Most of the cameras were offered with Western Camera's own Instantaneous Symmetrical lens (presumably a Rapid Rectilinear type); some were also available with a Turner-Reich anastigmat at extra cost, or a Symmetrical Wide Angle lens (the catalogue does not state the maker of this), or (at a considerable saving) Western Camera's Single Achromat (presumably a meniscus achromat).[1] Some of them will carry a small number (typically three) of double dark slides in the body of the camera.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Western Camera catalogue, featuring many Cyclone cameras, at Mathew Brady's Wooden Field Cameras of the United States: 1870:1930s.