" Thornton Pickard Cameras "
THORNTON-PICKARD MFG. CO. (Altrincham, England)
The company was formed in 1888 when Mr Edgar Pickard joined the Thornton Manufacturing Co.
Its first major product was the T-P roller blind shutter and it soon claimed "the largest sale
in the world". T-P undertook a short-lived and relatively unsuccessful scheme to break into
the American market in 1894. Camera production concentrated on the Ruby field camera which
really took off after 1896 with the introduction of the cheaper version, the Amber. It also
produced a range of folding and pocket type cameras in an attempt to break into Kodak's market.
The firm prospered until 1914 when the war upset production and marketing. Directly post-war
the firm's position seemed hopeful. To consolidate its position T-P was involved with APM in
1921 and Soho Ltd in the 1930s. This did nothing, however, to halt its decline which resulted
from lack of investment. T-P ceased to exist in 1940 though the name was kept alive until at
Stock No 761
Thornton Pickard Tailboard
Possibly from the 1890's, it has the number 389 stamped on the base. Above the lens is
"Thornton Pickard Time and Inst Patent". The lens has "Ensign Symmetrical Lens F8" around it.
The iris settings around the lens are: F8, 11, 16, 22, 32, 64. This unit has a roller-blind
type shutter. With one TP DDS.
~ Overall in very good condition. Plate on the back indicates that it was sold by
Harrington & Coy. Ltd. Of Sydney. Bellows are in good condition, the focusing slide is
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