Camera Type 18

Catalogue number
  • PHO 23
Department
Exhibits
Display status
IWM North
Production date
1918
Materials
  • whole: wood, metal
Dimensions
  • 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
Creator
Category
Equipment

© IWM (PHO 23)

Purchase & License
Label

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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