We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's a Speed Graphic. It can use 4x5 film holders or the more convenient Film Pack of sheets holding 16 exposures.
It can also take adapters for 120 roll film and smaller sheets.
I used to use one for aerial photos.
I think Staale is right.
As late as the mid Sixties the NY Daily News had dozens of photographers running around the city with Speed Graphics and a shoulder bag for film and bulbs.
During big fights at the Garden 3 or 4 News photogs (their word) would have their heads out under the bottom rope with cameras resting on the canvas. At moments of heavy action they would shoot in sequence hoping to get the perfect shot.
That is a Super Speed Graphic - they were made from 1956 through 1973. They featured a 1/1000 shutter option which even to date is the fastest shutter speed of any large format camera. That one has been modified a little, but it's still the same Super Speed Graphic - I'm staring at one right now on the shelf next to my desk - my Dad's press photographer gave it to me when I returned from my second tour in Vietnam. Great camera. Image to image better than any of the Nikon or Olympus cameras I have and easily the equal, in some ways, of my Hasselblad 500 ELX.
Tom (Vulgaris Magistrallis) Francis
I must be getting old, I recognized it as a Speed Graphic right away.
I took the photo. Mr. Mendez was using a Polaroid back and taught me "shutter drag." He said "Freeze," then snapped a photo at 1/10 second so the cars in the background were streaked while I remained sharp. I stored his signed photo in a safe place and now I can't find it. I asked if I could take his photo, and he said "Sure, but you get only one shot." After all was finished, "$20 please." If you have any old flashbulbs left, he will buy them. He hangs at times at Photocare, 41 West 22nd Street, NY: more expensive than Adorama, but open on Saturdays.