ILFORD Plate Boxes

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 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 (in reality) measures 60mm x 42mm.

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.

 

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).

 

Ilford HP3 plates, first appeared in 1942 and already at the well-known speed of 400 ASA / ISO (in the post-1960 speed rating system). Roll and 35mm film versions were initially slower, preasumably to avoid over-graininess when enlarged. This box still retains the Paddle Steamer logo, so must date pre-1945. However, it is not the earliest packaging, as can be seen by returning to the Chronology and scrolling to the 1942 date entry. The colours are of the later (post-1945) packaging but the diamond design is similar to the earliest box design.

   
Image below provided by Richard Bartle   

   

   

   

This page last updated: 1st September 2015