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No. . PATENTED MAY 8 1840.
A. S. WOLCOTT.
METHOD OF TAKING LIKENESSES BY MEANS OF A CONCAVE REFLECTOR
AND PLATES SO PREPARED AS THAT LUMINOUS OR OTHER RAYS
WILL ACT THEREON.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE..
ALEXANDER S. WOLCOTT OF NEW YORK N. Y.
METHOD OF TAKING LIKENESSES BY MEANS OF A CONCAVE REFLECTOR AND PLATES SO PREPARED AS
THAT LUMINOUS OR OTHER RAYS WILL ACT THEREON.
Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. dated May 8 1840.
To aZZ whom it may concern:
Be it known that I ALEXANDER S. WOLCOTT of the city county and State of New York have invented a new and Improved Method of Taking Likenesses from Life of which the following is a full and exact description.
A is a box inside of which at the end B a concave reflector (which may either be a piece of solid metal or glass silvered) is placed with the reflectingsurface facing the other end which has an opening corresponding to the size of the reflector.
C is a.light metal frame fixed by a thin support D to a piece of wood or other material E with which it slides on the bottom of the box in a direction perpendicular to the face of the reflector and lengthwise of the box. This frame is intended to carry the metallic plate paper or other material on which the impression is to be made. The plate paper or other material may be retained in the proper position against the frame by a small spring F pressing the plate paper or other material on the back and between which spring and the frame C the plate paper or other material is slid
A small door should be made on the top of the box for the purpose. of observing the focal image.
The box A should be placed on a table or other support at such height that the center of the reflector may be as high as that part of the person which is intended to be in the middle of the picture. When a very small picture of the person is intended to be taken the focus may be adjusted by a microscope which may be introduced through a hole. in the top or side of the box or held by the hand at the doorway on the top.
When the camerathat is the box A with the reflector &c.is to. be used the person whose likeness is to be taken should be placed in a chair to which some suitable support for the head is attached to enable him to remain perfectly still. The camera should then be placed with the open end immediately opposite to the person. A trialplate is then to be placed or put against the frame C and the focus adjusted by sliding the piece E. The trialplate is then to be removed and the plate paper or other material (prepared in any of the wellknown methods for being acted on by luminous or other rays) put into its place and allowed to remain as long as required to form the image. A convenient size for such camera would be as follows: bog A inside fifteen inches long eight and a half inches high and eight inches wide reflector seven inches clear diameter and twelve inches focus. The plate paper or other material on which the picture is to be formed is two and a half inches long by two inches wide.
For taking likenesses for breastpins the reflector may be about two and a quarter inches. diameter and four inches focus and all the other parts of the camera of proportionate size.
That which I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent is
The taking of likenesses from life by the aid of a concave reflector placed so as to receive the rays from the person whose likeness is to be taken and converge them to a focus on a prepared plate paper or other material placed tween the person and the reflector.
A. S. WOLCOTT..
W. H. WILSON
J. R. FLANAGAN.