Century Camera Co., Rochester, NY

Century View No. 1 
Century Catalog 1904, p. 31
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8x10
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Date Introduced: 1904 ; Years Manufactured: 1904-c.1912
Construction: front and rear focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); double swing; reversing by removable back; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany wood body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 5x7; 6x8; 8x10; 11x14
Notes: The Century Camera Co. was founded in 1900 - hence the name.  George Eastman acquired a controlling interest in the company in 1904, and it became the Century Camera Div., EKC in 1907.  The Century No. 1 and Century No. 2 were apparently introduced in 1904, as they do not appear in the 1903 catalog.  From 1907-1915, this camera is referred to as the Century No.1, Century Camera Div., EKC.  The photographed camera is 8x10 (with non-original wooden case and after-market accessory 5x7 back as well as the original 8x10 back).  Made concurrently and very similar to Century View Camera No. 2, which has, among other things, a triple grooved base instead of double grooved, in order to accommodate an auxiliary base.
References:
Century Cameras 1904, Century Camera Co. (Rochester, NY), 1904, pp. 30-31
Century Cameras 1905, Century Camera Co. (Rochester, NY), 1905, pp. 36-37
Complete Catalog of Cameras, Apparatus & Accessories for the Amateur Photographer, Catalog A, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL) Catalog A, c.1908, p. 40
Century Cameras 1906, Century Camera Co. (Rochester, NY), 1906, p. 28
Photographic Apparatus for the Professional, Century Camera Co. (Rochester, NY), c.1906, p. 13-14
Century Cameras, Century Camera Co. ( Rochester, NY) Catalog, 1907, p. 29-30
Photographic Materials and Supplies, The Gloeckner & Newby Company, New York, NY, c.1907, p. 10
Century Cameras, Century Camera Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1908, p. 31-32
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL) Catalog, 1908, p. 55
Photographic Cameras, Supplies and Lenses, Williams, Brown & Earle, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), c. 1908, pp. 28-29
Lloyd's Photographic Supplies, Andrew J. Lloyd Co. (Boston, MA) Catalog, c. 1909, p. 27
Catalogue of Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, N.Y.), 1909, p.26
Eastman Kodak Co. Professional Apparatus Catalog, 1910
Catalogue Photo Supplies, Milwaukee Photo Materials Co. (Milwaukee, WI), c.1910. p. 52
Century Cameras 1910, Century Camera Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, N.Y.), 1910. pp. 22-23
Photographic Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 35, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c. 1910, p. 54
Rochester Photo Supply Co. (Rochester, NY) Catalog, c. 1910, pp. 9-10 (special offer on Century View No. 1 and Empire State Cameras, as if a close-out)
Descriptive Price List of Photographic Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), 1910-1911, p. 46
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), c. 1911, p. 40
Illustrated Catalogue, The Gloeckner & Newby Co. (New York, NY), c.1912, p. 14
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies No. 38, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c.1915, p.50

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