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The cameras used by the Detroit Publishing Company photographers were heavy and bulky.  Instead of photographic film, the cameras used plates of glass. The photographer would have to wait until he got back to the studio before he could develop the glass plates and make prints.

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This glass plate negative measures 5 x 7 inches – the size that the Magazine “Cyclone 3” camera used.  From the museum’s Jenny Chandler Photograph Collection.

  Image of glass plate negative
Accession ID # 32.351.227
Larger version of image (may be larger than 50K).

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