American Optical Co., Scovill Mfg. Co., props.
Thos. H. McCollins
Catalog, 1882, p. 9
American Optical Co. New York, NY factory
Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured:
Construction: rear focus
via push-pull with fine focusing screw
Sizes Offered: 8x10 only, but with 5x8 stereo attachment
Notes: Stated in the catalogs to
be a Scovill #53 (8x10) Cone View Camera, but
with the extras of brass bound corners, a stereo attachment and a 5x8 kit.
It probably also had a wide lens board to accommodate a pair
of lenses. It was capable of
taking any size photo from 1/4 plate (3¼x4¼") to 8x10 and stereo.
The Philadelphia Photographer Vol. XI No. 127
(advertisement showing the engraving) (June, 1874), ads p. 116
American Optical Catalog, 1878, p. 17
Illustrated Catalogue of General Photographic Supplies,
Thos. H. McCollin (Philadelphia, PA), 1882, p.
Descriptive Catalogue and Price List of the
Photographic Apparatus Manufactured by the American Optical Co., Scovill Mfg. Co.,
proprietors and managers
(New York, NY), Sept. 1884, p.53
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