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Sun Camera Co. Ltd | Field Camera | Other | Half Plate

1891. This camera, which has a non-original back, is plated for the retailer, "Taylor's Drug Co. Ltd., Photographic & Technical Dept., London, Leeds, Etc.", and for the maker "Sun Camera Co. Ltd.". The Sun Camera Co. Ltd. was trading as an independent camera maker in Leeds in 1894-95, and later became a subsidiary of Lonsdale Brothers, a firm which was founded in Leeds, but operating between 1890 and 1907, from a number of addresses, at various times in Leeds, (1890-96), in London, (1896-1906), and in Sheffield, at 129, West Street, in 1906-7, when it was bought by a James Christie, who discontinued the Lonsdale name. In 1897, while still in London, Lonsdale Brothers had purchased the Sun Camera Co. Ltd., and continued to run it for a time in Leeds. The combined companies produced a wide range of camera models, in both kit form, advertised under the "Sun" label, as being suitable for self-assembly by amateurs or dealers, and with the label "LB", in fully finished form, ready to retail. There is speculation in the available literature, as to whether some of the many unlabelled W&B cameras often seen today, particularly in Yorkshire, were made from their self-assembly kits.

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