Wonder Photo Cannon

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The Wonder Photo Cannon is a magazine camera for one-inch diameter ferrotype plates, made ca. 1910 by the Chicago Ferrotype Company.[1] As the name suggests, it is cannon-shaped, and metal-bodied.[2] The plates are held in a tube under spring pressure from behind.[3] The exposed plate at the front is released through a duct into the developing tank below the camera. There are simple viewfinder sights on the top of the camera.


  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). p201.
  2. Wonder Photo Cannon sold at the first Westlicht Photographica Auction, in November 2002.
  3. US Patent 907515, filed 1908 by Louis Mandel, describing a 'cannon' camera with improvements, especially to the means of holding and positioning the plates, and of discharging them to the tank; at Espacenet, the patent search facility of the European Patent Office.