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Photos by JB text by JB. From the collection of JB
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Manufactured in Grande-Bretagne from Circa 1920 until Circa 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 2885

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Houghton May Fair

Houghton Butcher has made ​​three cameras called May Fair, a box, a low cost folding (this one) and a more elaborate folding, the Super May Fair.
The item presented here is a camera with a non self erecting bellows. You must pull the bellows for sliding along a rails. A solid button serves as a handle for this operation. Notches on the side of the base of the lens / shutter support can block it in front of a graduated scale to set the focus distance (from 5 feet).
There are two apertures: 'Very bright' and 'Ordinary'! A tilting viewfinder and a double frame viewfinder (eye sliding on his back and folded metal frame to the front) allow shooting.
Cheeks (plates) supporting the film rolls are patented (English Pat No. 281802), are a special convenience:


to put in place a film, you must raise the two plates, place the film roll, push down the plates, the closure of the back is closed blocks them automatically
to remove a film roll: open the plates, then the roll, pushed by a spring goes out alone!


The front face, original, the finishes, the model name plate confirm the quality of this unit.