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The Instantograph cameras were made by J. Lancaster & Son of Birmingham from about 1886 to 1910 [1] in ¼-plate, ½-plate and 1/1-plate sizes. They were supplied with brass Lancaster lenses. A unique feature was Lancaster’s Patent hinged back; the focussing screen was swung out on extended hinges when fitting a plate holder.


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Page 593.