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Franks, A | Prestograph | English | Half Plate

ENGLISH FIELD CAMERA. 1896. The 'Prestograph' was first advertised by Franks in 1896 from their Deansgate, Manchester, premises. The camera is marked 'A. Franks, Optician, Liverpool, Hull, MANCHESTER'. By 1896 they were A and B Franks, so this particular camera has to be pre-1896, though the marque was still offered from 1896 onwards. It came to me with two dark slides, a front-of-lens Thornton-Pickard shutter and a lens cap.

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