Conley Camera Co. / Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogs

The history of the Conley Camera Co. is presented at http://conleycameras.sevenels.net/history.html.  Briefly, the company was founded in 1899, but didn't blossom into national importance until 1907, when the Rochester Optical & Camera Co., who supplied photographic equipment and materials to the huge mail-order company, Sears, Roebuck & Co., was purchased by Eastman Kodak Co.  Sears apparently couldn't come to terms with Kodak and thenceforth carried Conley products, an association that resulted in Sears' purchase of Conley in 1924. 

Prior to the 1907 switch to Conley, Sears contracted with various manufacturers, including the Rochester Optical group of companies (e.g., Perfection Viewing Outfit) and the Century Camera Co. (e.g., Seroco View Camera Variation 1).  The cameras of this era, whatever the manufacturer, bore the brand name Seroco (ever so cutely derived from the first letters of Sears, Roebuck & Co.).

For each catalog, two facing pages are shown per image.  Catalogs are marked as (complete), meaning all pages were scanned or (the pages scanned).  Each image is about 1mb, so downloads can take considerable time for complete catalogs.  

 

c.1904 Cameras, Silent Shutters and Photographic Apparatus, Catalog No. 5, Conley Camera Co. (Rochester, MN), undated c. 1904, ~8"x5", 32pp

c.1908 Cameras & Photographic Supplies, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Chicago, IL), Catalog 159L - 3rd Edition, undated c.1909, ~8"x11", 48pp

1909 Cameras & Photographic Supplies, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Chicago, IL), Catalog 159R - 1st Edition, dated 1909, ~8"x10", 72pp

1910 Cameras & Photographic Supplies, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Chicago, IL), Catalog 159T - 2nd Edition, dated 1910, ~8"x10", 72pp

1914 Cameras & Photographic Supplies, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Chicago, IL), Catalog 159T.2.10.10.14.10, undated but from 1914, ~8"x11", 28pp

c.1916 Cameras & Photographic Supplies, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Chicago, IL), Catalog 410E, undated c. 1916, ~9"x12", 128pp

c.1917 Cameras & Photographic Supplies, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Chicago, IL), Catalog 410F, undated c. 1917, ~9"x12", 116pp

c.1922 Cameras & Photographic Supplies, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Chicago, IL), Catalog 410K, undated c. 1922, ~9"x12", 102pp (cameras & lenses: pp. 1-51)