Originally made by the Scovill & Adams Co., Solograph cameras first
appeared in 1898 and continued to be made after the 1902 merger
that created the Anthony & Scovill Company.
The Solograph body pattern is based on the popular self-casing plate
camera designs of the 1890s. Unlike traditional plate cameras,
Solographs have distinctive, square-shaped metal posts for the front
According to Bill Marder's book on Anthony, Solograph cameras were
the first folding plate cameras produced with the Anthony & Scovill
name (1902 - 1907). A number of models were made, but the line was
discontinued in 1907 when the company changed its name to Ansco.
The Stereo Solograph is a 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" format self-casing camera
made with red Russian leather bellows, seal grain leather, and
lacquered brass hardware.
This particular camera has the "Anthony & Scovill Co. NY" maker's label
and single achromat lenses mounted in a Bausch & Lomb stereo
shutter. Higher end versions of the single lens and stereo models were
offered with more expensive rapid rectilinear lenses and Solograph or