unnamed powder flash, UK?
Those kind of flash were very
popular and made with many variations and sizes:
The magnesium powder was poured into the pan. the flash
was held upright and in the right moment the trriger was pushed: making
sparks which will ignite the powder.
the same method to be used later in the Agfa BlitzLampe
(described down in that page)
Magnesium Ribbon Holders,
Metal containers with magnesium
ribbon inside. That was not flash-light : The ribbon burnt slowly thus
producing extra light for the picture-taking.
1. Light the Magnesium ribbon.
2. Let it glow while you take the
picture (using the camera...).
3. For more light or for longer
time: turn the thumb-wheel and more ribbon will come out of the holder.
Magnesium powder in small wooden
cartridges and a fuse
1. Place the cartridge on a support,
higher then the camera. On one side of it
2. remove the cover of the cartridge
3. Ignite the fuse with a match
4. The flash will light an object
up to 30 feet. For shorter distance, use less powder
EASTMAN spreader Cartridge
A metal flash, wood handle
and a leather part to protect the holding hand from being burned when the
AGFA BlitzLampe (flash),
A relative small powder flash
with a spiral which rotates a steel wheel against a Pyrophpren metal. The
sparks set off the flash powder and BOOM....
From the manual:
1. Wind the key.
2. Fill in the tray about 3 grammes
of flash powder.
3. Hold the lamp with the tray
(filled with the powder) turned away from sight.
4. Pull down the trigger with the
5. The flash will occur immediatly.
Well, Not to mention you need
your second hand to hold the camera and take the picture...syncronized
with the flash...sounds not very easy...
The BLITZLICHT powder-flash
, GERMANY, 1920s
A simple, single-use powder-flash
(like a "tea bag" that holds the powder)
1. Hang the bag on a high place
(like a tree) facing the object you want to photograph.
2. Light the long paper-tail using
3. Shoot the picture when the powder
in the bag "explodes" with light
KLARAT flash gun ,
That's a typical "modern" flash
gun. to be used for fast shooting and reloads with a press camera (like