Camera, Telephoto, Langley

Samuel Pierpont Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1906 and an aviation pioneer who designed and flew unmanned powered aircraft, used this long-lens camera to study birds in flight. Langley installed photographers with cameras in two towers at the zoo in Washington's Rock Creek Park to take simultaneous photographs of bird wings from different angles. The photographer tripped the shutter with a trigger on the leather-coated wooden gun stock. The lens is missing.

Transferred from the Smithsonian Institution to the United States National Museum.

Physical Description:
Gun-like appearance with trigger shutter release on gun stock and long barrel. With magazine, film winder, sighting line/focal length ajustment with two adjustable wheels. No lens.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Smithsonian Institution

Date
1887-1903

Type
EQUIPMENT-Photographic

Materials
Wood gun stock, leather covered, and brass barrel (was leather covered).
Dimensions
13 x 9 1/2 x 43 1/4 in. (33.0 x 24.1 x 109.9 cm)

Samuel Pierpont Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1906 and an aviation pioneer who designed and flew unmanned powered aircraft, used this long-lens camera to study birds in flight. Langley installed photographers with cameras in two towers at the zoo in Washington's Rock Creek Park to take simultaneous photographs of bird wings from different angles. The photographer tripped the shutter with a trigger on the leather-coated wooden gun stock. The lens is missing.

Transferred from the Smithsonian Institution to the United States National Museum.

Physical Description:
Gun-like appearance with trigger shutter release on gun stock and long barrel. With magazine, film winder, sighting line/focal length ajustment with two adjustable wheels. No lens.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Smithsonian Institution

Date
1887-1903

Type
EQUIPMENT-Photographic

Materials
Wood gun stock, leather covered, and brass barrel (was leather covered).
Dimensions
13 x 9 1/2 x 43 1/4 in. (33.0 x 24.1 x 109.9 cm)

ID: A19820741000