Multiplying cameras were very popular from the 1880s to just after
1900. These cameras were desirable for making different size images
quickly and easily. The wide back design allows a plate holder to move
side-to-side and the tall board enables the entire back to rise or fall.
This combination of movements used with masks could produce 1, 2, 3,
4, 6, 12, or 24 pictures on a single 5x7 inch plate.
This camera was also offered by Anthony as a "Penny Picture" outfit
which comprised of a Climax Multiplying Camera fitted with a ¼-Gem
Portrait tube and an Iron Centre stand. The sliding back was advertised
as adjusting "to use for either of the combinations above named"
(referring to the number of pictures able to be made). It was also
described as "very useful for children's pictures, or where a number of
small negatives of the same subject are to be made quickly."
The body is made of mahogany with a cherry base and the version
shown here is fitted with a 4-tube portrait lens array. Although not
advertised in this configuration, photographers often added multi-lens
set ups to speed up the photography process.
Price of a complete Penny Picture outfit was $18.00 ($12.00 without