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Cameras, Field Glasses and Darkroom - 1910


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.

Photography, Darkrooms, and Passengers on Steamships

On every large passenger-steamer we see nowadays a considerable number of male and female tourists armed with cameras which they direct towards many things in and about the ship.

On the older vessels we were able to turn a cabin into a darkroom without much difficulty, as the rooms were small and the windows conveniently small.

On the more modern steamers, however, we find more spacious cabins with much larger windows where it is somewhat harder to make them light-tight.

Therefore, these Heating hotels of the ocean are now equipped with real darkrooms provided with a red, yellow and a white electric lamp, water-tank, trays, racks and the like.

Thus the passenger need not defer developing and printing his pictures until after arrival, but he can find during the passage whether his photographic attempts were successful or not.

In the latter case, he will repeat the snapshots under as nearly the same conditions as possible until lie has really obtained what his heart longed for.

There in almost a necessity on board a biff steamer to put the camera at work — the brilliant light, the strong reflection from the water, the mighty ocean, glorious sunsets, a distant ship, Hocks of persevering sea-gulls, the scenery along the coast and last, but not least, the interesting scenes on board : all this impels the fortunate owner of a camera to get busy.

Nothing is safe before the eagle-eye of such a keen sportsman, and even the commander of the ship is powerless to resist. It is an effective way to make the time pass more quickly, and even years after such a trip the pictures form an endless source of pleasure.

In recent times we heard even of photographic competitions for pictures made during the passage, the jury doing its work on board a day before the arrival at the destination.

In this way over a hundred pictures were submitted on a single trip, and they were all exhibited in the large dining-room. From time to time the large German steamship companies send out luxuriously-equipped boats for pleasure-cruises and these are accompanied by a professional photographer engaged by the company to make special pictures but is also allowed to take snapshots of passengers at fixed charges.

The business is done in the same manner as by the beach-photographer in the many German cures, baths and seaside resorts, where the man with the camera has become a well-known figure.

Photography has become so indispensable of late, that the Hamburg- American Line has established a special photographic studio in the Hamburg harbor, which is at the disposal of the literary bureau which formerly purchased pictures from outsiders.

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