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A half-tone photograph of Henry Fox Talbot at work with cameras and assistants at his studio in Reading, 40 miles west of London.

An early method of projection, this magic lantern was produced by the optician Benjamin Pike Jr. of New York City in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Benjamin Pike, Jr. was born in New York City in 1809 and died near Astoria, Long Island…

A Re-Strike of the 1844 Version from life by William H. Brown. 1844 was the year of Clay’s presidential bid. Silhouettes became popular in the mid-eighteenth century as a more affordable alternative to traditional methods of portraiture.


An eighteenth century woodcut in a gilt frame depicting the principle of the camera obscura.

An early twentieth century re-strike of a vue d'optique - 'Le Grand Lac de Barbarie.' Vue d’optiques, perspective prints, or ‘optical views’ were first introduced following the popularization of the Zograscope or ‘optical diagonal machine.’ These…

A camera obscura (latin for "dark room") with a vintage brass lens by Benjamin French - box is a handcrafted replica. Camera obscuras were long used by artists as drawing aids before the invention of photography in the mid-nineteenth…

Opera glass - brass with filigree design and original filled case.

A twentieth Century version of an eighteenth century primitive sketching devise.

1834 William Henry Fox Talbot’s Mousetrap Cameras made the first Photogenic drawings' on paper sensitized with silver chloride. They were simple wood box cameras with Brass barrel single lens referred to as mouse traps, coined by his wife.

Facsimile of the 1839 original published by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in collaboration with the French government.
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