Cameras, Field Glasses and Dark Room - 1910 Travel Guide
CAMERAS AND FIELD GLASSES
Travelers will find a hand camera extremely useful in retaining and fixing strange sights and views on the trip abroad. Cameras are particularly useful at sea, and many of the groups which are taken are warmly treasured after the return. Films are easily carried. not likely to be broken, and can be had anywhere in Europe, while with plates, it is sometimes difficult to obtain the right sizes.
Usually cameras must be checked in museums, galleries, etc. It should be remembered that in Europe, and particularly on the Continent, it is forbidden to take pictures or make sketches of fortresses, arsenals, dock-yards, etc., and the visitor should be extremely cautious in this matter as the trouble is apt to be serious.
The United States Consul should be communicated with at once in case of any trouble.
A pair of marine glasses add greatly to the enjoyment of an ocean trip. It should be borne in mind that optical goods can be purchased much cheaper abroad than in the United States.
Prism glasses are specially recommended.
On many trans-Atlantic steamers a photographer is carried to take groups at sea and also to develop the films and plates of passengers. The work is done at moderate rates and is a great convenience, and passengers can arrange with the photographer to obtain the use of the dark room at all reasonable times. Give moderate fee, say 50 cents for voyage.