Anthony's Phantom Camera was introduced at the 1888
Photographer's Association of America Convention in Minneapolis,
Minnesota and made until 1894. It was designed along the lines of a
lightweight English Compact camera that could accept lenses as
short 3" and as long as 23" when mounted on the 8" x 10" model. The
fully reversible back and bellows were rotated together for landscape
or portrait formats. The original patent for this design was granted on
February 10, 1882 stating:
The rear standard and bellows were rotated 90 degrees together
while the front standard remained fixed to the base. Although the
back was still connected to the camera via the bellows, it was
inevitable that the bellows wore quickly because of stress placed on
Anthony cameras are highly prized by collectors because of the
company's historical legacy and innovative designs. A compact folding
design, polished mahogany and liberal use of brass hardware gives the
Phantom a look that is unique even among Anthony cameras.
The invention consists in so attaching a bellows to
the front part of the camera as to allow the bellows
to turn or revolve, where by only the rear part of the
camera needs to be loosened to change the position
from vertical to horizontal or vice versa without
altering the position of the front part of the camera,
to which the lens is attached.
Anthony's Phantom Camera, c.1888 E. & H.T. Anthony & Company, NY.
Anthony Phantom camera
with the back positioned in
the landscape orientation.