Dodge - Antique 35mm Motion Picture Studio Cameras

D W G camera  
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DWG CameraThis is the D W G Camera as there is no indication of the manufacturer other than a number 109 stamped under one of the door locks. The D W G is derived from the three letters stamped on the right side of the camera near the one to one crank shaft. They are not manufacture type stamps and were placed there sometime after the camera was made.

I have seen two pieces of cameras that were owned and used by the D. W. Griffith Studios. Those letters were stamped like this, "D W Gr" They had the same "look" as these letters but the small "r" is not on this camera.

DWG CameraThis camera has a frame notcher.  Most cameras had a frame punch that punched the film in the center of the frame so it was easily seen by red safelight in a darkroom. This cameras punch is on the edge of the film and makes a notch, rather than a round hole. There is a round tube inside the camera with a rubber stopper on the end that contained the punches until time to empty them.  This kept the punches from getting into the mechanism.

The camera has a 50mm lens that has these f-stop markings on the vertical brass strip on the outside of the camera body. 3.1, 4.5, 6.3, 9, 12.5, 25.  This leads me to believe that this is a very early camera and is probably made before 1909.

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