Watch Pocket Carbine No. 6 Tropical Roll Film Camera Circa 1923

Written by Tom Robison on October 4th, 2012

Watch Pocket Carbine Model No. 6 Tropical Roll Film Camera  with Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar Lens, Compur Shutter and Leather Case. Manufactured by Houghton-Butcher in London, England circa 1923.

The tropical version of the Carbine dates back to around 1922 when Butcher advertised a tropical version of the No. 6 (for 2 ¼” x 3 ¼” images). This was finished in black crystalline paint with Russia leather bellows.

By 1925 the finish was the familiar oxidised brass. This model had a choice of a 3 speed shutter or a Compur both with an Aldis lens.

In 1926 the No. 12 Watch Pocket Carbine (2 ½” x 4 ¼”) was added, this had teak side panels with a brass front shell and back. Ross and Zeiss lenses were available for both sizes. The finish at this point was described as ‘copper oxidised Florentine bronze’.

In 1927 the No. 4 was added, this was a cheaper version of the No. 6 and was fitted with a 3 speed shutter. The No. 6 continued with a Compur shutter as did the No. 12.

By 1930 the No. 6 was designated No. 7. The other two models remaining as before. The No. 7 survived until the late 1930s (renamed Tropical-Ensign-20 around 1936). The other two models ceased in the early 1930s. The No. 6 model (and No. 7) was available with a plate back to which could be fitted single metal slides, film pack adapters and a focusing screen.


In the Spirit

Written by Tom Robison on October 4th, 2012

c1895 Rayment's Patent and T. Underwood tailboard Field camera Display

In the spirit of sharing some Photo history – a donation to the Boca Museum of Art’s permanent Photography collection was recently made. The two cameras i selected for donation are fine examples of early British field  camera’s circa 1895  and accompany more than 250 other cameras and photographic equipment which span the history of the camera from the nineteenth-century to present day. The museums permanent photography collection  encompasses representative examples by significant photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Arnold Newman, Andreas Feininger, Walker Evans, John Waters, Graciela Iturbide, Gordon Parks, Robert Frank, Ralph Gibson, Les Krims, and Robert Fichter .Numbering more than 1500 images, the Museum’s photography collections represent a veritable textbook of 19th-and-20th-century works spanning the entire history of the medium. From early processes to large contemporary works, the collection demonstrates the range of photographic media from documentary to conceptual. Rotating exhibitions are curated to provide installations that introduce aspects of the history of photography, such as anonymous daguerreotypes, delicate albumen prints, antiquated glass lanternslides, glorious silver prints by important 20th-century photographers and contemporary color-saturated prints.


Flashes Of Hope

Written by Tom Robison on September 24th, 2012

we recently spent some time at the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital making some new friends and images – time well spent !!

Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.



Written by Tom Robison on March 11th, 2011

On this Corporate-Industrial Assignment HOERBIGER Corporation needed to document it’s Board of Directors visit to the United States – touring 5 Facilities in 4 States in 5 Days  with a recreational stopover in New Orleans . Images were to be used as editorial content in Company Publications worldwide .The tours were on  a tight schedule and we rarely stayed in one spot for more than minutes- This pace required a “Gorilla” type editorial style.


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Written by Tom Robison on March 10th, 2011

While waiting to fly home from a Houston, TX assignment i was able to ad to my stock images in the 10 minutes prior to boarding by looking for possible photo opps developing around me – Tip: keep your batteries charged !!