- This camera lens came from the shop of Henry Fitz (1808-1863), America’s first successful commercial telescope maker. The inscription on the side reads "H. Fitz / Maker."
- In 1839, while working as a locksmith, Fitz became interested in astronomy, optics and photography. Following his untimely death in 1863, Fitz' widow obtained a patent on his photographic objective.
- Ref: H. Fitz, "Improvement in Achromatic Lenses," U.S. Patent 44,483 (Sept. 27, 1864).
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- camera lens
- Fitz, Henry
- overall: 5 1/2 in x 5 in; 13.97 cm x 12.7 cm
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- Credit Line
- Gift of Mrs. Willard H. Howell
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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