Rare John Nesbitt camera for sale.

Ian Grant

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The attachment for printing paper negative is described as a conventional double lamphouse type with elliptical reflectors and takes the place of the negative carrier, the 1946 photo is the same as the advert. So it's difficult to envisage.

What's surprising is how many short lived British companies were making enlargers 1946, 47. & 48 etc.

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David M

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Presumably there had been little or no production between '39 and '45 and what was produced would have gone to the military. An enlarger is a relatively simple device for a company that had been making weapons, so it would have been an opportunity to fill the post-war gap.
They do look as if they were designed in a hurry and best seen in the dark. No sign of the elegance of (eg) Durst. No doubt many of the companies moved on to make other things as the economy revived.

The Uniflex No. 15, on the right-and page, mentions "paper negative work". When we mention paper negatives, we do it in the context of either contact printing, which hardly needs a special attachment with elliptical reflectors, or as an original for scanning, which wasn't an option in the '40s. Could this have been something to do with making separations or half-tone plates for ink-printing?
 

Ian Grant

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I suspect there was far more production during the war than we might first assume, after all the military would have needed a lot of enlargers, copying equipment, procesors and all the accessories.. There's a 1946 reference to Granville Gulliman's recommendations for processing paper negative, they didn't make film.

Film base was in short supply during the war, Ilford used DuPont film base from the US, and Kodak probably also used film base made in the US. After the war the Government made Ilford set up its own film base manufacture. So that's probably why paper negatives were used for some work.

Gnome must have grown significantly during the war, another company Technaphot Ltd, in Coventry,make LF enlargers and cameras and in 1946 talk of Post-War production, there's other like Williamson.

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David M

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It's a useful lesson for today to remember how much of what we use, like that film base, are only produced in one or two places and imported without our being aware of it, until the gateway closes

I've been looking at some Gandolfi history and they were turning work away during WW2. In a nicer world, the brothers would have died rich.
 
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