A SMALL ARCHIVE OF CATALOGUES AND LETTERS OF AN EARLY PRACTITIONER:
Philadelphia: Hess-Ives Corporation, December 1915 - June 27, 1917. This collection, once owned by George H. Holt, contains the following: HESS-IVES HICHROGRAPHY. 8vo., 12 pp., illustrations from b&w photographs. String-tied decorative stiff wrappers. Faint dampstain; owner's name on the front wrapper. A three page price list is laid-in with holograph corrections. Very good. [with] HESS-IVES HICHROGRAPHY. Philadelphia: Hess-Ives Corporation, February 1916. 8vo., 31 pp., b&w and color illustrations. Decorative stiff wrappers. Previous owner's neat signature on the front wrapper. Faint dampstain and wrinkling. A near very good copy. [with] A folded typed two-page detailed instructions for exposing, developing and printing the "Hicrome" color prints. [with] A folded one-page typed letter signed and dated June 27, 1917, by F. E. Ives on Hess-Ives Corporation letterhead, addressed to Mr Holt, whose signature is on the printed catalogues. [with] Two folded, recto printed, single sheet advertisements, each picturing two of the four different Hicro cameras with prices. Item #54427
The catalogue dated December 1915, is the introductory catalogue for the ingenious camera that was capable of producing direct color photographs (Hichrography) from three negatives simultaneously exposed, as well as conventional b&w. The camera, available in 3 sizes (another was introduced three months later) is pictured and priced. This process was awarded the first United States patent in color photography. The laid-in price list also includes plate holders, film, paper and chemicals.
The February 1916 catalogue is the second issued by the manufacturer, and increased the number of camera sizes to four.
In his June 1917 letter to Mr. Holt, F.E. Ives states that he will be sending additional Hipacks, as well as his 5 x 7 camera for the Hiblock process (an adaptation of Ducos du Haron's tripack) along with holders which should be returned for processing. Ives' further writes that he is almost ready to demonstrate his "moving picture color process", on which he held three pending patents; tipped to the letter is a 2 1/4 frame sample.