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Manufactured in France from 0 until prior to 1922.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 3374

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Soule Chambre Agrandisseur

Traduction de Daniel C.


Some whiners may be surprised to find herein the description of a solar enlarger but the Soulé catalogue dated 1912 clearly states that this item has been designed to be also used as a camera.

As an enlarger, this instrument allows for loading 6.5x9 cm or 9x12 cm negatives to obtain prints of the following formats : 24 x 30, 18 x 24 and 13 x 18 cm. Scales on the sides permit an easy setting.

The lens seems to be  a symmetrical rectilinear type ( two groups of two close coupled lenses).

The focus length seems to be close to 135 mm to cover the 9x12 cm format. But the diaphragm (a simple hole sized 2 or 3 mm) makes difficult a more accurate evaluation. The lens is screwed but the diameter of the thread (22 mm) does not really permit to adapt a more performing lens.

The exposure time is controlled by acting on an ebonite tab sliding behind the lens.

As a camera, the instrument shows redhibitory limitations that restrict its use to architectural photography with a 9x12 cm format. This leads to a very cumbersome camera on the field.

This camera is nevertheless well designed and nicely built. When folded, it looks like a small suitcase sized 31 x 38 x 11,5 cm.

As for the majority of the Soulé products, this item bears the nameplate of a distributor. In this case : Hermagis 25, rue du Louvres Paris.

Another model, more elaborated, is also presented here

Soule Chambre Agrandisseur