The old Sylva mansion in Sausalito, Ca. Built in 1897, it was the home of Adolph Sylva a notorious political boss at the turn of the century. Sylva was a Latin and Greek scholar, musician, actor, chicken farmer, lawyer and politician. He was Town Trustee and eventually the Mayor of Sausalito, although his career included accusations of corruption and illegal activities. In 1901 an assassination attempt on Sylva failed when an explosive device was thrown at the house but instead exploded in a tree. The house gained even more notoriety in 1932 when Lester Gillis (aka. George "Baby Face" Nelson), the infamous Chicago gangster, lived in the mansion when he fled to the West Coast after escaping from Joliet State Prison.
Wooden box camera (1895-1913). 101 Roll Film. 3 1/2 x 3 1/2" square images. Shutter Instant and Time, 3 stop aperture. Beautiful polished wood interior with wooden spools. First produced by the Boston Camera Mfg. Co. in 1892. It continued in production after Boston was bought out by Eastman Kodak in 1895. The Bulls-Eye was the first camera to have a viewing window to read film number printed on the backing paper. It was one of a group of cameras that Kodak called Bicycle Cameras because it could be carried on a bicycle with a special case. It's in great condition for a hundred year old camera.
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