NO. 20 IMPERIAL CAMERA
Imperial Camera and Manufacturing Company, La Crosse, Wisconsin 1901-1903
This No. 20 Imperial model in 4x5 displays Imperial's unique "crown"
topping the lens standard band and a lens standard-mounted viewfinder. This crown
feature is believed to have graced most all of Imperial's self-casing
models. It's also equipped with a
double-extension bed and a Rauber & Wollensak Automatic Shutter. The bed
also has a unique dropping mechanism controlled by a loop knob on the right side
of the camera. This permitted the camera's
bed to be lowered slightly, giving the lens greater capability.
Other self-casing cameras of the 1899-1903 period, such as the Korona Series III by the Gundlach Optical Company, also bear a similar crown-themed banner:
Imperial cameras are almost never seen today.