Camera Type 18

Catalogue number
  • PHO 23
Display status
IWM North
Production date
  • whole: wood, metal
  • whole: Height 9 in, Length 13 in, Width 10.5 in
Alternative names
  • full name: Camera Type 18
  • simple name: camera, aerial, plate, still : British

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Purchase & License

The majority of the early First World War period aerial cameras available to the Royal Flying Corps were the folding type with bellows, which took rather unsatisfactory oblique pictures . A more robust camera was required, that could be either hand-held or mounted on the aircraft, and the Type 18 Camera was such a camera.

Physical description

The Camera Type 18 has a rigid body, with fixed handles on either side, together with fold-down sights top and bottom, and took 5" x 4" glass plates. This particular example was manufactured in 1918. (Component parts: camera body)

Engraved plate

Camera Type 18. No 249 Lens No 87519 Houghton-Butcher Mfg. Co. Ltd London 1918

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