Jano While-U-Wait Postcard Camera

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The Jano is a camera for portrait photographers working at fairgrounds, seaside resorts, etc. It makes postcard-size (3½x5½ inch) pictures. The photograph is first taken as a negative, on photographic printing paper. This is developed using trays of chemicals inside the camera, the photographer inserting his hand through a sleeve in the rear.[1] The developing space is behind the focal plane, making the camera very large. There is a red-glass panel in the top of the camera, and an observation eyepiece, so the processing is not done blindly. Once the negative has been made, it is mounted in a holder in front of the camera and photographed to make the print, which is itself developed and sold to the customer. The maker claimed the photograph could be ready in five minutes.[2]

The camera's maker, the Jano Camera Company of London (previously M. Janovitch & Co.) began as sellers of ferrotype cameras.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jano camera with 135mm Wray Lustrar at Early Photography: many details of the camera and process, and several good pictures of the camera.
  2. Advertisement for Jano cameras, British Journal Almanac 1954, p51. Archived at Internet Archive.