This camera has a wonderful Akeley tripod and gear head. The camera
and gear head are from the earliest days of the motion picture
industry. The two of them look quite fascinating together and bring
up thoughts of horseless carriages, Wright Fliers and horse drawn
streetcars. This set is from the days when making motion pictures
was called, "The art of Motography".
If you look carefully at the picture of Richard and the camera
you can see a white canvas cloth 'ditty bag' hanging under the head,
between the three wood legs of the tripod. It is amazingly rare to
have anything like this survive the nearly one hundred years it took
to get this camera and tripod here today. In the last thirty years
I've only seen one other cloth ditty bag and it was so rotten that
it couldn't be displayed..