Mercury II (model CX), 1945, Viewfinder Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Gift of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

The Univex Mercury is a half-frame viewfinder camera with rotary disc shutter cassettes. The Mercury II is a post-War reincarnation of the Mercury I, produced by Universal Camera Corp U.S.A from 1945. The Mercury II cameras accept standard 35mm cassettes. Type: viewfinder camera. Lens: Tricor f/3.5 35mm (non coated). Shutter: Rotary metal focal-plane shutter with…

Great Ice Bridge and sightseers, c.1900, Stereograph, 85×175 mm, Unknown Photographer, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Gift of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

Great Ice bridge and sightseers at Niagara. Stereoscopy is a technique for creating or enhancing the illusion of depth in an image by means of stereopsis for binocular vision. Most stereoscopic methods present two offset images separately to the left and right eye of the viewer. These two-dimensional images are then combined in the brain…

Maharaja Umaid Singh, Jodhpur, c.1910, Albumen Print, 300×250 mm, Unknown Photographer, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Gift of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

Umaid Singh GCSI GCIE KCVO (1903 –1947), was Maharaja of Jodhpur from 1918 to his death. The second son of Maharaja Sir Sardar Singh, he succeeded his elder brother Maharaja Sir Sumair Singh upon his death in 1918; in 1922 he served as the aide-de-camp (personal assistant or secretary) to the Prince of Wales (later Edward…

Jodhpur Royal family, c.1910, Albumen Print, 300×260 mm, Unknown Photographer, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Gift of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

Jodhpur State also historically known as the Kingdom of Marwar, was a kingdom in the Marwar region from 1226 to 1818 and a princely state under British rule from 1818 to 1947. Jodhpur State was the largest state under the Rajputana Agency (political office of the British Indian Empire) and the third largest state in…

Burmese woman on a boat, 1908, Stereograph, 85×175 mm, Unknown Photographer, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

Burmese woman on a boat, Irrawaddy River, Burma.  Stereo Travel co, Corona N.Y. Stereoscopy is a technique for creating or enhancing the illusion of depth in an image by means of stereopsis for binocular vision. Most stereoscopic methods present two offset images separately to the left and right eye of the viewer. These two-dimensional images are…

Argus C3 Standard, 1958, Rangefinder Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Donation of Mr. Herbert Ascherman Jr.

The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966. The Standard C3 came out in 1958 with an improved lens and more comfortable controls.
Film type: 135 (35 mm). Picture size: 24 x 36 mm. Lens: Argus Coated Cintar –50 mm 1:3.5 (3 elements). Shutter speeds: B, 1/10-1/300. Viewfinder coupled rangefinder.