Snapshot Repeater

Parallel Earth: 571454
Exhibition: The World In A Haze
Parallel Historians: Sean Proper and Ben Tumbling.

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Snapshot Repeater Model No. 620
Essex-Boughjack Company (est. 1872), 1901
Steel, glass, ceramics, cavourite, treated canvas, hardened leather

The Essex-Boughjack Photographic Snapshot Repeater was the camera of choice during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It featured a collapsible design with a hardened leather case, twindar lens, self-charging cavourite light source, and the automatic repeating shot feature for which it was named. It was perfect for the new trend in self-portraiture.

Curiously, both “snapshot” and “repeater” are gun-related terms. It implies a deliberate ploy to market the new technology to the hyper-masculine, pro-colonial British citizenry. Some advertisements even featured the portable device on the hip of a highland regiment brasseater and being deployed by a sky scout.

This may come as a shock to those who only know of Essex-Boughjack simply as BOJAK, the family oriented company responsible for capturing countless birthdays, graduations, and weddings on film. For a time, the company was so ubiquitous that special occasions, ones that demanded to be preserved, came to be known as “bojak moments”.

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The Repeater with its finger stand deployed to achieve portrait orientation.

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