Camera Lens Clark Original Patent Lithograph 1888

Camera Lens Clark Original Patent Lithograph 1888

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On this original linen-backed lithograph from 1888, S. M. Clark patented a camera lens. The lens is fitted on the camera by a bayonet-joint. For focusing and view finding, an auxiliary lens is fitted above the ordinary lens, the image being thrown on a ground glass by a reflector. The dark slide is double, the two plates being separated by an opaque partition of cloth; instead of shutters a cover is made to pass over the inner frame which carries the plates. The shutter consists of an aluminum disc with exposing-aperture, rotated by a spiral spring and fitted with a setting-appliance.

All patent lithographs sold by Maymont Group are 100% ORIGINAL.

These documents are NOT reproductions or posters (patent art).

These are the original lithographs found in books obtained from the Patent and Trademark Office directly.


In the 1800's and early 1900's, inventors would submit a detailed drawing of the invention and/or improvements to the patent and trademark office. Once received and if approved, the Patent office would then send a letter of confirmation to the inventor and begin to take that drawing and etch it into stone in order to create and print this linen-backed lithograph. These documents are the original hard copies that were created by the patent office's artists, and act as patent examiner reference material. With that being said, these are 100% original and are the only physical copies in existence.

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