Faces, People and Places
The Cameras of Ilford Limited
1899-2005
By Andrew J. Holliman

ISBN: 0-9545342-1-2


Background and Research:
This book documents the history and development of the cameras that were made and marketed by Ilford Ltd. between 1899 and 2005.

The book brings together some 20 years of research, including previously unrecorded details and personal memories from former employees of the company. Of significant interest are the comprehensive sections about:
-The Witness camera and the companies and personalities involved in its protracted development.
-The Advocate and its derivatives, together with information about Kennedy Instruments and the founders of the company.
-The many models and variants made for Ilford by the Dacora company incl. Sportsman, Sportsmaster, Sporti and many others.

History:
This book has been a long running project which I started many years ago when my father was still alive. My father worked for Ilford all his working life and for the most part managing Ilford's camera activities as Marketing Manager (Cameras) and then Product Group Manager (Equipment). When he retired, he keenly supported and contributed to my research into the history of Ilford cameras.

Content and Audience:
The book is provided in hardback with dust jacket and contains, 288 Pages, 270 Images, 75 Ilford camera marques and 152 Ilford camera models. It will appeal especially to former Ilford camera users and collectors of Ilford cameras and to current and former employees of the company and their relatives.

Availability and Ordering Information:
The book is
AVAILABLE NOW
By Post: Send a cheque or international money order to:
Achieve Instruments, April Cottage, 9 The Drive, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NX, U.K.
for £17.80 plus p&p (Postage to: UK=£2.20, Europe=£4.49, Rest of the World=£7.80)
Or on-line using PayPal from: www.electricstrings.com/ilford.html

If you would like a copy of the Press Release in PDF format (1 page) then please go to: http://www.electricstrings.com/Ilford_Book_Press_Release.pdf
If further information is required, please contact: Andy Holliman on 01 636 672400 (UK Time 18:30 to 21:30 Monday to Thursday evenings) or email: holliman@netmatters.co.uk

The following is an extract from the Contents list so you have an idea of what is included in the book:

Acknowledgements and Sources
PREFACE COLLECTING ILFORD CAMERAS
CHAPTER 1 ILFORD LTD 1863-1890

CHAPTER 2 ENTRY INTO THE CAMERA MARKET 1902
The Ilford Falling Plate Magazine Camera

CHAPTER 3 THE YEARS BETWEEN (1902-1946)
Ilford Whole Plate Copying Camera
Ilford Twin Lens Test Camera

CHAPTER 4 RE-ENTRY INTO THE CAMERA MARKET
Phase 1 (1946-1949)
Ilford Witness 1951 - 1953
Background and Personalities
Northern Scientific Equipment Ltd.
Daroth Ltd.
Ilford's Initial Involvement
Transfer to Peto Scott
Prototypes
Ilford Witness - DARON Lens
Instruction Manual
Cassette System
Identification
The Witness Arrives
Guarantee
The Final Specification
End of Production
Stereo Witness
Second-hand value
So why were there so few made?
Why Peto Scott?
Ilford Craftsman - 1949
Chambon Ltd.
Ilford Advocate
David Kennedy Engineers
Kennedy Instruments
The Design of The Advocate
Post Advocate (and the Kennedy Instruments Monobar)
Advocate Announced
Ilford Advocate - Series 1 - 1949
Advocate Manual
Ilford Advocate - Series 2 - 1952
Conquest of Everest
Ilford Advocate in Presentation Box
Ilford Advocate - Final Variations
Ilford Advocate - Ross Lens
Ilford Advocate - Wray Lens
Ilford Advocate - Summary
Ilford Advocate - Variant - Wray Lens / Series 1
Advocate Serial Numbers
Ilford Advocate - Basic Body
Advocate Specials
Ilford Advocate - Princess Elizabeth Special
Ilford Advocate - Hospital Special
Ilford Advocate - Police Special
Ilford Advocate - Meter Reader Special
Ilford Advocate - Cathode Ray Tube Special
Ilford Advocate - Photomicrography Specials
Ilford Advocate - Beck/Epsilon Photomicrography Special
Ilford Advocate - Watson Barnet Photomicrography Special #1
Ilford Advocate - Watson Barnet Photomicrography Special #2
Ilford Advocate - Beck/Compur Photomicrography Special
Ilford Advocate - X-Ray Special
Ilford Advocate - Aerial Photography Special
Ilford Advocate - Underwater Special
Ilford Advocate - 50mm Ross Xpres/Epsilon Special
Ilford Advocate - Black Crackle Finish, Employe's Special
Ilford / Kennedy Instruments Monobar - 1954
Ilford / Kennedy Instruments Monobar - Type U
Ilford / Kennedy Instruments Monobar and Accessories
Ilford / Kennedy Instruments Monobar - Type F
Monobar Prices and Options
Film Strip Printers by Kennedy Instruments

PHASE 2 (1950-1956)
Ilford Prentice
Ilford Envoy Box
Ilford Envoy Box - Model 1
Ilford Envoy Box - Model 2
Ilford Envoy Box - Model 3
Envoy Wide Angle - Agilox - 1950
Envoy Wide Angle - Synchro-Compur
Envoy Wide Angle - Epsilon
P.I.M. 4 x 5 in. Monorail - 1953
Watson Premier Half-plate Camera

PHASE 3 (1957-1963)
The Ilford Sportsman and Sportsmaster
Ilford Sportsman - (1953/7 – 11967+)
Viewfinder Changes
Logo Changes
Shutter Changes
Lens Changes
Exposure Meters
Colouring
Shutter Release
Film Rewind Changes
Rear Cover Opening Changes
Top Plate Changes
Film Speed Reminders and Light Meter dials
Flash Shoes
Flash Accessories
Rangefinders
Accessories
Dates
Ilford Sportsman Vario (Style 1) Advert from 1958
Ilford Sportsman Vario - 1st. Style
Ilford Sportsman Vario (Style 2) Advert from 1959
Ilford Sportsman Vario - 2nd. Style
Ilford Sportsman Pronto - 3rd. Style
Ilford Sportsman Vario - 4th. Style
Ilford Sportsman Vario Rangefinder
Ilford Sportsman Vario Rangefinder (€)
Ilford Sportsman Prontor-SVS
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 125
Ilford Sportsman F (€)
Ilford Sportsman Prontor
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 250 (€)
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 250 - ISCO (€)
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 250 S (€)
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 300 S (€)
Ilford Sportsman Rangefinder - 1958
Ilford Sportsman Pronto - Rangefinder
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 125 Rangefinder (€)
Ilford Sportsman Printers Block
Ilford Sportsman Automatic
Ilford Sportsman Pronto Automatic
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 250 LK Automatic (€)
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 300 LK Automatic (€)
Ilford Sportsman Prontor 500 LK Automatic (€)
Ilford Sportsman Pronto Automatic Rangefinder
Ilford Sportsman Prontor Automatic Rangefinder (€)
Ilford Sportsmaster Automatic
Ilford Sportsmaster Automatic - # 1
Ilford Sportsmaster Automatic - # 2 (€)
Ilford Sportsmaster Automatic - # 3
Ilford Sportsmaster Manumatic - 1962
Ilford Sportsmaster Manumatic - Style 1

Ilford Sportsmaster Manumatic - (€)
Ilford Sportsman L (€)
Ilford Sportsman S-L 300 (€)
Ilford Sportsman S-L Prontor 250-S(€)
Ilford Sportsman 125 – 5th Style
Ilford Sportsman 300 – 5th Style

Dacora 300 L (Black Body)
Ilford Sportsman 300 L (€)
Ilford Sportsman 300 (€) – 6th Style
Ilford Sportsman 300 S (€)
Ilford Sportsman 300 L (€)
Ilford Sportsman 300 LK (€)
Ilford Sportsman 300 SL (€)
Ilford Sportsman 300 EB
Ilford Sportsman Instant - 1963
Ilford Sportsman C Instant – 7th Style
Ilford Sportsman R Instant
Ilford Sportsman E Instant (€)
Beck Diamax Photomicrography Camera
Ilford Sporti
Ilford Sporti (€)
Ilford Super Sporti - 1960
Ilford Sporti 4
Sporti 4 Printers Block
Ilford Sporti 6 - 1962
Ilford Sprite 127 - 1962
Ilford Imp
Ilford Pixie - 1966

PHASE 4 (1964-1965)
Ilford Sportsman Electric and Sportsman 35
Ilford Sportsman Electric - 1967
Ilford Electric-CR
Ilford Electric-S
Ilford Electric-SR
Ilford Electric-L
Ilford 35 Sportsman – 8th Style
Ilford Sportsman 35 CL (€) - 1972
Ilford Sportsman 35 C (€) - 1972
Ilford Sportsman 35 L (€)
Ilford Sportsman 35 R (€)
Ilford Sportsman 35 RL (€)
Ilford Sportsman 35 CC - 1972
Ilford Sportina Rapid and Sportina Ilfomatic - 1964
Ilford Sportina Rapid - Style 1
Ilford Sportina Rapid - Style 1B
Ilford Sportina Rapid - Style 1C
Ilford Sportina Rapid - Style 2
Ilford Sportina Rapid III
Ilford Sportsman Rapid III (€)
Ilford Test Marketing from 1966
Ilford Sportina Rapid IV / Ilford Sportsman Rapid IV (€) Dignar
Ilford Sportina Rapid IV / Ilford Sportsman Rapid IV (€) Subitar
Ilford Sportina Auto-Rapid / Sportsman Rapid IV - 1966
Ilford Sportina Ilfomatic
Ilford Sportina Ilfomatic Style 1
Ilford Sportina Ilfomatic Style 2
Ilford Sprite Rapid Flash
Ilford Sprite 35
Ilford Sprite 35 - Style 1
Ilford Sprite 35 - Style 2
Ilford Sprite 35 - Style 3
Sprite 35 Flash Gun

PHASE 5 (1966-1969)
Ilford Ilfomatic
Ilford Ilfomatic Universal Flash
Ilford Ilfomatic Super 100
Ilford Ilfomatic Universal 50
Ilford Ilfomatic Universal 50C
Ilford Super Universal
Ilford Ilfomatic Compact
Ilford Instacora - probably 1966
Ilford Instacora E
Ilford Instacora - F
Instacora - F2
Ilford Instacora - R
Ilford Instacora - R -Version 2
Ilford Ilfoflex
Ilford Monarch - 1967

CHAPTER 5 PHASE 6 -THE CIBA CONNECTION (1968 – 1976)
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic Ideal - 1968
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic Super - 1968
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic Elite - 1969
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic Electric 300 - 1969
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic Electric 300 S (#1) - 1970
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic Electric 300 S (#2)
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilfomat 300 S - 1970
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilfomat 300 SL - 1970
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic Electronic - 1968
Ilford Electronic Instapak (€)
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic 300 CC - 1973
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic 300 CR - 1973
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford - Cilmatic X - 1976
Ciba, Lumiere, Ilford – CIL 1 110 - 1976
Ilford Cameras marketed in Holland
The new series Sportsman MK 2 Cameras - 1967
Ilford Sportsman MK 2 300
Ilford Sportsman MK 2 300S
Ilford Sportsman MK 2 300L
Ilford Sportsman MK 2 300SL
Ilford Sportsman MK 2 300LK
Ilford Sportsman MK 2 300EB

CHAPTER 6 THE FINAL CAMERA – 2005
Black And White - Single Use Camera
XP2 Super
HP5 Plus – Version 1
HP5 Plus – Version 2

THE END AND A NEW BEGINNING
Conclusion

APPENDIX A PATENTS
The Smith's Patent for the Falling Plate Camera
Patents taken out by Werner Julius Rothschild
Improvements in or relating to combined viewfinders & rangefinders for photographic cameras
Improvements to shutters of photographic and cinematographic apparatus
Patents filed by the Kennedy family
Patents filed by Albert Holliman
Improvements in or relating to the production of mounting corners

APPENDIX B KENNEDY INSTRUMENTS 5 X 4 MONOBAR DESIGN

APPENDIX C A BRIEF HISTORY OF DACORA AND BERNHARD DANGELMAIER
Bernhard Dangelmaier Patents
Dacora Factory
Dacora Assembly Line
Ilford / Dacora Equivalences

APPENDIX D TIME LINE

INDEX

 

 

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