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Collector Finds Never Before Seen Photos - A collector has discovered never before seen photos of WW1 in an old French Jumelle Bellieni camera.

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Anton Orlov
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Several never before seen World War 1 photos have been found in an old French Stereoscopic camera.

The camera, called a Jumelle Bellieni, was found by San Diego based collector of vintage photography equipment Anton Orlov. To his surprise, when Anton opened the camera, he found eight thin glass plates still intact, and featuring images.

When scanned, the images revealed that they were from the World War 1 period, most likely somewhere in France.

Orlov describes how he came across the photos in his blog post: “I started to run out of things to clean on the outside of the camera, which naturally made me wonder what it looks like on the inside. After a good while of looking for the back release I realized that there is none present entire back can be slid to one side. The plate pressure springs jumped out at me like a couple of live and angry rabbits (the Monty Python And The Holy Grail kind). Naturally I thought something was awry as I am not yet used to camera parts charging in attack mode. Luckily I soon realized that I was out of the danger zone and that the two parts acted as they should have been expected to.” he blogs.

In 2005, Anton also found never before seen photos of the Russian Revolution.

Take a look at Anton's full blog post here.

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