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Houghton-Butcher/Ensign Cameras

Houghtons dates back to 1834 when George Houghton joined Antoine Claudet as glass sellers. They sold Daguerrotype requisites. After the death of Claudet, the company became known as Houghtons Ltd in 1904. In 1915, Houghtons joined W. Butcher for manufacturing purposes and the two finally merged in 1926 as Houghton-Butcher (Great Britain) Ltd. The selling arm of the company, Ensign Ltd, was set up in 1930. In 1945, Houghtons joined forces with Elliot & Sons to form Barnet-Ensign. Barnet Ensign Ross followed in 1948 and Ross-Ensign in 1954. The Houghton firm disappeared about 1961. For the sake of continuity, I have listed all Ensign cameras under the Houghton-Butcher heading.

Here are the Art Deco Houghton cameras in my collection with date of introduction and film type.

I use a star system to rate cameras against their Art Deco credentials.

RatingCredentials
star star star star starIconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated
star star star starSignificant: Pronounced and self evident
star star starNoteworthy: Worth giving special attention
star starAcceptable: Modest and restricted
starLimited: Minor and insubstantial

Houghton-Butcher

 ModelDateFilm
star
Box Ensign 2½
1923116
star star
Ensign E20
1927120
star star star
May Fair
1930120
star
Ensign E29
1930E29
star star
Ensign Pocket E-20
1930120
star star star star
Ensign Pocket Twenty
1931120
star star star star
Ensign Selfix 20 g
1933120
star star star star
Ensign Midget 33
1934E10
star star star star
Ensign Midget 55
1934E10
star star star star
Ensign Midget 22
1935E10
star star star
Ensign Double-8
1935127
star star star star
Ensign Mickey Mouse
1935M10
star star star star
Ensign Selfix 20 j
1936120
star star star
Ensign Selfix 220
1939120
star star star
Barnet Ensign Ross Ful-Vue II
1953120