ARTIFACTS

Peruse these pieces of diving history in our photo gallery while they wait for their moment to shine in our museum. They are destined to go on display in the real world, but you can view them now.

Artifacts gallery
Professor Louis Boutan Housing (Replica)

Professor Louis Boutan Housing (Replica)

French naturalist Louis Boutan’s experiments in underwater photography lead to the publication of his first book on the subject in 1900.

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La Photographie Sous Marine

La Photographie Sous Marine

The majority of Boutan’s experiments, which indentified most of the major problems of underwater picture making, were done in the 1890’s at the Arago Marine Laboratory at Banyuls-sur-Mer, on France’s Mediterranean coast.

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Hans Hass Movie Camera

Hans Hass Movie Camera

In 1949 Hans Hass filmed his classic movie Under the Red Sea with this camera.

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Under the Red Sea Book

Under the Red Sea Book

Under The Red Sea was Hass’s second English language book.

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Akustische Housing

Akustische Housing

The Austrian made Akustische housing for Leica If, IIf, and IIIf cameras was designed with input from Austrian underwater photographer and explorer Hans Hass.

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Rolleimarin Housing

Rolleimarin Housing

German engineer Richard Weiss (with input from Hans Hass for whom the housing was named) designed the Rolleimarin housing for Franke & Heudecke, Fabrik Photographischer Prazisions-Apparate.

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Cousteau Movie Camera

Cousteau Movie Camera

La Spirotechnique who worked closely with Jacques-Yves Cousteau designed this camera.

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Rebikoff Torpedo System Underwater Camera

Rebikoff Torpedo System Underwater Camera

Dimitri Rebikoff joined Club Alpin Sous Marin in the late 1940’s and began building underwater housing and developing underwater lighting systems.

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Bolex Housing

Bolex Housing

Bolex-Paillard introduced the Swiss make housing for Bolex 16mm motion picture cameras.

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Sampson Housing & Camera

Sampson Housing & Camera

Herb Sampson applied for a patent on his motion picture camera housing.

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Tarzan Underwater Housing

Tarzan Underwater Housing

French underwater photographer Henry Broussard designed the Tarzan housing for the French Foca camera.

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Wollman-Schmidt Housing

Wollman-Schmidt Housing

New York manufacturers Wollman & Schmidt built housings that incorporated a cam lock system for sealing the rear cover.

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Giddings/Felgen Housing

Giddings/Felgen Housing

Al Giddings manufactured this camera for Nikon and Canon cameras.

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Le Roy French Bamboo Reef Housing

Le Roy French Bamboo Reef Housing

Le Roy French, owner of Bamboo Reef dive shop, designed this hosing in the mid 1960's.

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La Spirotechnique Calypso Phot

La Spirotechnique Calypso Phot

Belgian engineer Jean Guy Marie Josef de Wouters d’Oplinter designed the La Spirotechnique Calypso Phot.

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Nikonos II

Nikonos II

Following the popularity of the French Calypso Phot, the Japanese camera manufacturer, Nikon, purchased the rights to produce the camera under the name Nikonos.

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Graflex Housing

Graflex Housing

This vintage housing is of unknown origin and houses the Graflex Series-C reflex camera.

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Home-made Underwater Camera Housing

Home-made Underwater Camera Housing

French naturalist Louis Boutan’s experiments in underwater photography lead to the publication of his first book on the subject in 1900.

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Rouquayrol-Denayrouze “Groin” Scuba Mask Replica

Rouquayrol-Denayrouze “Groin” Scuba Mask Replica

In the early 1860’s in Espallion, France, Benoit Rouquayrol developed a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for rescuing trapped miners.

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Denayrouze Diver’s Boots

Denayrouze Diver’s Boots

When the Rouquayrol-Denayrouze scuba unit went into production in 1865 divers were walking on the sea floor and not using fins, which were introduced in the following century.

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Sport Diver Regulator

Sport Diver Regulator

This single hose, two-stage, demand regulator was manufactured and marketed by E.R. Cross from 1948 to 1953.

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La Spirotechnique CG45 Regulator

La Spirotechnique CG45 Regulator

This was the first model of Aqua Lung regulator to be imported into the USA from France, and arrived in 1948.

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Sea Net Wooden Fins

Sea Net Wooden Fins

The Sea Net Company was located in Los Angeles, California and during the 1940’s and 1950’s was an early manufacturer of free diving and spear fishing equipment.

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Wet Suit from The Daring Game

Wet Suit from The Daring Game

Lloyd Bridges of the hit TV show Sea Hunt played Vic Powers in this movie that was produced by Ivan Tors.

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