ILFORD Plate Boxes

Image courtesy of Simon Spaans.

Ilford Alpha Lantern plates, first appeared in 1889. No speed rating as they were intended for making lantern slides (transparencies) by contact printing from a negative. This box may well date to around the earliest appearance as the Paddle Steamer image seems to correspond to the pre-1907 version. This box measures 60mm x 42mm.

Image courtesy of Rab Egerton.

ILFORD Special Lantern Plates; 1901
For making black & white lantern slides. Use either by reduction or contact. Exposure by contact under negative of ordinary density, 20secs at 18inches from ordinary 'bats wing' burner.

The following scans have been sent by Steve Jones. The box of Ilford Special Rapid Plates are believed to date to September 1906 (I 6 on the top image) or October 1906 (4206 on the lower image).

   
The following images have been provided by Simon Spaans.  
Ilford Soft Graduation Panchromatic plates (56 ASA/ISO in the post-1960 speed system) first appeared in 1928, but this box dates to post-1933, due to it having an Ilford 'E' speed rating nomenclature and also a Weston speed. The Paddle Steamer images correspond to post-1930.

 

Ilford Special Rapid plates, (13 ASA/ISO in the post-1960 speed system, which agrees with the 270 H&D rating on the box below) first appeared in 1895 but surprisingly, as this box image suggests, they were still being sold in 1934. The Paddle Steamer trade mark images are a combination of the 1911-1930 version (includes the Union Jack) and the post-1930, which excluded the word 'Limited' after ILFORD.
The red colour pacakaging suggests these are orthochromatic (insensitive to red light) plates, rather than panchromatic (sensitive to all colours) as are the Special Rapid Panchromatic Plates, shown further down.

 

Ilford Empress plates, (9 ASA / ISO in the post-1960 speed rating system, which agrees with the 100 H&D rating on the box below) first appeared in 1895, but surprisingly, this box's date stamp suggests, they were still being sold as late as 1935 (and still at the original speed rating). Interestingly, the Paddle Steamer trade mark seems to a version which is a 'cross' betyween the 1911 version and the one which started to be used in 1930, so perhaps indicating a transition period in the early 1930s. In particular, it shows a flag similar to the Union Jack (as the 1911-1930 version) but doesn't show the word 'Limited' after ILFORD, which became the style from 1930 (or thereabouts).

 

Ilford Special Rapid Panchromatic plates, (32 ASA / ISO in the post-1960 speed rating system) first appeared in 1919. The Paddle Steamer trade mark may well be the 1911-1930 version (though the Union jack flag is indistinct).

The instructions below date to 1926

 

This page last updated: 8th February 2019