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BOX CAMERA. 1900. SPECIAL CUT FILM PACKS. Becks' best-selling camera, based on a patent of J T Clarke, 1890, to take dedicated packs of twenty cut films with notched edges, individually released after exposure to drop into the bottom of the camera by turning a handle on the side of the camera. The handle was swan-neck shaped until 1900 when the straight handle, as on this example, was introduced. The spirit-level in the handle enabled the film to be held off-vertical, giving the effect of a tilting back.

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