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In 1899 the Adlake Camera was advertised by its maker Adams & Westlake as "The New Adlake Camera". It used the working principle of its predecessors Adlake Regular and Adlake Special, using plate holders which had a hinged cover over the light-sensitive side of a film plate. Before exposure one of the closed plate holders from the magazine in the camera back had to be transferred manually into the plate holder opening facility. After closing the magazine door the plate holder opening lever beneath the camera's leather handle had to be used to open the film holder for exposure.