Poulenc Frères was a company in Paris, that made some cameras, before concentrating on production of chemicals. The company was based at 92 Rue Vielle du Temple, with another branch at 122 Boulevard Saint-Germain.
The company was founded as Whittmann & Poulenc in 1858 by Etienne Poulenc. The 'Frères' were his three nephews Gaston, Emile and Camille who inherited the company.
- Stereo and Panorama camera for 6.5×9 cm plates, about 1880, with stereo lenses by A. Pruzmowski of Paris and a separate landscape lens for panoramic use. The camera is collapsible, with an unpleated bellows in a wooden body. A lot in an auction in September 2006 by Auction Team Breker in Cologne.
- La Formosa folding stereo camera (format and date not known) at Gérard Langlois' Constructeurs Français d'Appareils Photo
- Falling-plate Stand camera, about 1900 at Collection Appareils (the page shows a printed advertisement for the camera, which does not make clear the plate size).
- Detective Camera, about 1900, also at Collection Appareils. This wooden box-form camera has focusing by means of four auxiliary lenses selected by a lever on the front, and four aperture settings selected by another. It has a self-tensioning shutter with variabe speed (by varying the spring tension). The example shown at Collection Appareils is for 9×12 cm plates; McKeown also lists this camera, but for 8×11 cm plates.
The company was very successful in chemicals, becoming Rhone-Poulenc in 1928, which in turn became the Rhodia group in 1999.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Article on a Poulenc Detective camera at Sylvain Halgand's Collection Appareils.
- ↑ 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). p801.