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Camera Lens

Camera Lens

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Description
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).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
camera lens
maker
Fitz, Henry
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 5 in; 13.97 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
PH.315158.200
accession number
215541
catalog number
315158.200
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Willard H. Howell
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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