J.C. Sommerville (St. Louis, MO)
Wide Angle Lens (rapid
rectilinear) - c. 1885-c.1890's
Despite being quite a distance from Rochester and New York
City, the epicenters of photographic supplies activity, lenses of J.C.
Sommerville are not rare, especially in sizes quite large, e.g., 14x17
This lens has two achromats, one front and one rear, so is a
rapid rectilinear type of lens. It is assumed to have been first made
about the time that Sommerville's
Universal Lens was first made, summer of 1885.
Prior to 1898, J. C. Somerville was bought
and thereafter known as H. A. Hyatt.
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1898,
The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), ads p.
The International Annual of Anthony's Photographic
Bulletin Vol. VII 1895,E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY), 1894,
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