box camera


Definition of box camera

: a box-shaped camera with a simple lens and rotary shutter

Examples of box camera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eager to try out daguerrotypy, a photography method that had been invented just two months prior, Cornelius set up a large box camera with a lens fashioned from a pair of opera glasses, according to the Library of Congress. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "Long before Ellen and Kim, there was Robert Cornelius. He took the world's first selfie nearly 180 years ago.," 21 June 2019 Jacob Riis, a renowned chronicler of urban life at the turn of the 19th century, took photographs around New York City with his box camera to remind people of the cruelty of postindustrial working conditions. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "National Portrait Gallery Exhibition Celebrates Workers," 25 Oct. 2017 This line of box cameras were first released in 1900 for the price of one dollar, writes Rawlings. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Take a Peep at This Gallery of Historic Selfies," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of box camera

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Box camera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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