Aircraft Torpedo Camera - U.S. Navy
Ron brought a large wooden case filled with rugged pieces of metal and wood that turned out to be a special camera made for the U.S. Navy by the Russell Vought Division of the Solar Aircraft company.
The camera is electrically controlled with a Venetian blind style shutter behind the lens. It takes 120 roll film (70mm) and produces four 2.25 x 7 inch negatives per roll. Ron's example is missing the lens which is usually a wide angle lens of about 120mm focal length.
The camera uses a removable roll film back. A previous owner made a wooden holder and ground glass adapter to fit the back to a standard 5x7 view camera.
Just after WWII Burke & James sold modified versions of this camera as a panorama camera. The modifications to the roll film back consisted of the addition of a small circular red window so the photographer could use the numbers printed on the paperbacked roll film to eliminate any gaps or overlaps while winding on the film. And a winder knob for manual transport of the film.
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