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Manufactured in Allemagne from 1908 until 1909.
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Huttig Atom
Huttig Atom 6 x 4.5 cm with shutter Lloyd X and Baldour lens

The Atom camera appeared in 1908 on the catalogues of Hüttig and independent dealers. It is a small camera that belongs to the Hüttig’s Cupido line of folding-bed plate cameras. Some catalogues refer it as the Cupido 6 x 4.5 (Photo Hall, 1908), the Cupido-Atom (Emilio Resti, 1908) or simply the Atom (such as Arturo Ambrosio, 1908, but referring: a Cupido in the format 4.5 x 6), the name that would continue through ICA until 1925. In the UK it was sold rebranded by Butcher as the Miniature Selfix.

The camera is self-erecting with typical Cupido struts, entirely made of metal covered by black leather. A double brilliant viewfinder is located at the front of the bed, for vertical and horizontal views, which folds when the camera is closed. The external face of the bed is flat (contrarily to the cameras later made by ICA).

This particular camera has an automatic Hüttig Lloyd X shutter with I, B and T, set by a small stud. The lens is a Hüttig Baldour of 90 mm of focal length and maximum aperture of 8. This camera has no tripod sockets.