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A photographic car 
1887 
  
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Google Books 
 
LL/36565 
  
Edward L. Wilson Wilson's Quarter Century in Photography (New York: Edward L. Wilson, 1887), p.97-99.
 
Many itinerant photographers use a car, on wheels, or a tent. For plans for building a photographic car I am indebted to Mr. C. U. Stevens (Fig. 102.) First the sills are laid and bolted. There are five. The two which are bolted at the bolsters are 2 x 6, the other three are 2 x 4. Next put in cross braces, made of one-inch boards, ripped two inches wide. The floor is then laid. Next put up a frame, made of the same stuff, like the diagram. Where the strips cross they are halved, aud a screw put in. They are also screwed at the top and bottom. The roof is bowed with a pitch of 8 inches. The frame is then covered with a felt-paper aud half-inch sliding running up and down, and matched. Where the boards cross the frame there are two screws in each crossing. The car is smooth on the outside, which gives a better chance for fancy painting. The roof is covered with half-inch stuff; then a layer of tarred felt-paper, then a layer of half-inch stuff on that again, and well painted with mineral paint, both between the joints and between the paper and outside covering, and then four coats of the same on the outside. There are two side windows, north and south, and skylight facing north. The side windows are two common sash windows, side by side. The glass is 8 x 14. The skylight is 5 1/2 x 7 feet. The rear is raised, when in position, 4 1/2 feet. There are two doors for entrance on each side; also a small door in the forward end, to accommodate the driver when moving. The truck-wheels are 30 inches in diameter. The forward ones 2 feet from the end, the back ones 4 1/2 feet from the rear end. The skylight is 3 feet from the rear end, and pitches to the side, The side windows are 3 1/2 feet from the rear end of the car, and 1 foot from the floor. It is 6 feet from the side light to the door. The dark-room is 3 x 4 1/2 feet, and the work-room 4 1/2 x 5 feet. The car is 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, 7 feet high at the eaves. Four thousand screws are needed to fasten it together. It is lined inside with quarter-inch stuff, and papered with wallpaper or Lincrusta Walton. It should be covered overhead with the same, and painted drab. 
 
 
  
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