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Shew, James Fludger | The Guinea Xit | English | Quarter Plate

ENGLISH STRUT TYPE FIELD CAMERA. 1906. The bottom end of the Shew range, intended to sell for one guinea (£1 and 1 shilling) in 1906. Working men were discovering the countryside on bicycles, a very popular form of transport together with expanding railways. You could put your bike in a specially provided van on the train, go with it from say Sheffield to Manchester, ride around that area for a day and then come home the same way. The need for a compact, lightweight camera that could take a fair sized plate was tackled by a number of makers including Shew, Lizars, Levi et al, but Shew was probably the cheapest.

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