1908 Rajar Quarter Plate Hand Folding Camera

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Condition: Very Good

1908 Rajar Quarter Plate Hand Folding Camera

Good Cosmetic condition, shutter working

Wooden body, Unicum Shutter, Busch's Detectiv Aplanet No 2 Foc 5" lens

General Rajar Ltd Information

Rajar Ltd was an off-shoot of the Brooks-Watson Daylight Camera Company Ltd, formed in 1901, which originally had works in Great Homer Street, Liverpool. This company marketed the 'Rajar System of Photography'-a film pack adaptor for plate cameras covered by a number of patents taken out by Arthur.A.Brooks and G.A.Watson (probably J.A.Watson) in the years 1900 to 1902.

The Rajar works at Mobberley, Cheshire, were built in 1903 (see 1919 picture, below) and in 1907 a company, Rajar (1907) Ltd, was formed with a capital of £25,000 in £1 shares: 'to adopt an agreement with Rajar Limited, H.T.Parke and others to carry on the business of manufacturers of, and dealers in, photographic films, plates, cameras, apparatus, materials, etc.' A gentleman named C.F.S.Rothwell, being well known in the Liverpool area for his interest in the science of photography, later became Managing Director.

The scan alongside of a June 1904 postcard has been made available to me by Terry Mitchell of the Mobberley Village Society. On the reverse is a picture of Mobberley church. As can be seen in the header of the postcard, it was 'Printed & Published by The Brooks Watson Daylight Camera Co. Ltd; Liverpool & Mobberley'.

Brooks and Watson appear to have subsequently severed connection with Rajar for, although taking out more patents in the period from 1904 to 1908, these were not associated with the name of any company.

Rajar Ltd amalgamated with Ilford around 1928 and Ilford took over the Rajar factory site. It eventually became the sole paper production factory of Ilford, Limited and is now the home of Harman Technology trading as ILFORD Photo (though in newer buildings on the far side of the original site). For views of the old Rajar buildings at Mobberley, including the original position of the Rajar Ltd company plaque and its new resting place.

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Use a Camera Bag

A camera bag does more than just protect the camera against scratches and dust: It keeps it safe from rain because many are waterproof on the outside.

Be Very Careful Around the LCD Screen and Camera Lens

Use only special equipment to clean your camera’s LCD screen and camera lens. Buy a special cleaning kit that includes liquid solutions, microfiber cloths and brushes that have been specially designed to clean your camera lens.

Never Leave Your Batteries in Your Camera for Too Long
Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

Turn Your Camera Off Prior to Doing Anything

Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

Good Memory Card Care Is Good Camera Care

Only transport your memory cards inside of a protective caseMake sure the memory cards stay dust-free at all times. When removing memory cards, make sure you do so indoors or in non-dusty situations.
Make sure that you keep memory cards only in cool places. Never keep them in places where they may heat up, like dashboards or glove compartments.
Never place your memory cards close to magnetic sources. Examples of magnetic sources are things such as audio speakers, TV monitors and actual magnets.

Use a Filter to Protect Your Camera Lens

The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

Condensation Can Be Controlled

Condensation normally happens when you move your camera between different temperatures.
Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.