Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Challenge Junior Dayspool Camera

J. Lizars

Name: Challenge Junior Dayspool
Manufacturer: J. Lizars
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Leather covered mahogany frame, with red bellows.
Production Period: 1903 - 1911


Model / Variant: Model B
Plate / Film Size: 2¼ x 3¼ rollfilm
Lens: Unknown f/11 lens
Shutter: Bausch & Lomb Opt. Co. (Pat Appl'd) T, B, I (single cylinder)
Movements: TBD
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1907?
Serial Number: '13' and '14' stamped into rh and lh bottom edges inside the back, but these are probably assembly numbers.
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 55

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The Lizars Challenge Junior Dayspool is a horizontal format folding bed rollfilm camera that is very similar in form to the Challenge Dayspool No 1 camera. This example may be an early form of the Junior camera.

The camera is fitted with a single lens board support and has a very crude brass pin for support when used vertically. It has an early form of the B & L shutter. The body has squared off ends, with no hinge to the back.

McKeown [1] identifies the Dayspool with the single valve shutter as being the 'Junior' and defines three size variants. Measuring the spool size suggests this is the 'B' size for 2 1/4 x 3 1/4.

When this was purchased I also received a letter from the seller providing details about the original owner of the camera and a copy of a photograph extracted from the camera after it had been found amongst the original owner's effects.

Permission was given to exhibit the photo & details, and also to forward with the camera if sold on.

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Compare this camera with the Dayspool No 1 version and the Tropical model.