Discussion in 'Large Format' started by anthonymarsh, Apr 30, 2021.
Does anyone know what the number 70 stamped into the wood
on the front means?
Gundlach made cameras from the Bo Peep (really) of 1898 up to a stereo camera in 1920 or so (Kadlubeks) also see Gundlach - Camera-wiki.org - The free camera encyclopedia.
The name is associated with a bunch of more or less related companies, and a die-stamped "70" on the wood frame could be for anything from an inventory number to a serial number.
Unless there is some ancient seer or collector of these here, I think it may be destined to remain a mystery.
If you scroll right down to the bottom of this link you'll find the contact details for a Larry S. Pierce, who might be able to shed more light on the subject.
rodeo_joe was not the seer I expected, but we'll have to do with the excellent site he points to
That was fascinating to look through! I love the bicycle cameras!
It is not a bicycle camera although from the front it could appear so. I will post more photos as I am new to large format and have many questions.
Is the camera supposed to close more compactly or is this normal? Also what is a simple inexpensive way in which to repair minor pinholes in the bellows?
Rubber adhesive (Copydex, if still sold) mixed with indian ink about 50/50.
There also used to be black rubber adhesive, but I haven't seen any in years.
I own one of these, a Gundlach 5x7, that I used occasionally about forty years ago before deciding that a 4x5 made more sense, especially since I owned a 4x5 enlarger. Now it makes a nice display piece. The camera folds as you show. The bellows do not compress further. My camera does not have "70" or any other symbol on the front standard.
A readily available solution is to use "liquid electrical tape", which brushes on and then dries to a form a flexible and waterproof layer. It is readily available in hardware stores. I forget which brand that I used to repair a bellows about fifteen years ago, but common brand names include Permatex and Liquid Tape. I think that I learned about this method in an old PN discussion.
Thanks to all for the suggestions and advice. I have found a product. LIQUITEX MARS BLACK. It remains pliable when dry and is available on AMAZON Under $10 and the tube will last longer than I can use it up.
I got some basic matte black "dimensional fabric paint" from Tulip. How it would work on bellows, I'm not sure. It does a wonderful job on pinholes in fabric shutter curtains however (my Nikon S2, for example), and requires no heat to "set" as some materials do. I think it would work if the holes are truly "pin"- sized.
In the quantities needed for my kind of use, I think 4 oz will last longer than I will. I got it at Hobby Lobby.
Isn't that a regular acrylic paint? Should then not any black acrylic paint work?
It is acrylic paint. Until buying it I had little knowledge of acrylic paint having used oils and watercolor. I suppose that any acrylic paint that remains pliable would work.
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