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Eastman View Camera 11x14

Eastman Professional Catalog 1929, p.13
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c.1925-1930s
Construction: front and rear focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); double swing; three-piece lens board; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black leatherette bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 11x14 only
Notes: After having discarded the name Empire State in 1913, in favor of the Eastman View No. 1 (introduced in 1914 as the replacement and improvement of the Empire State).  However, the Eastman Views were only made up through 8x10, and in 1915, the Premo Cameras catalog offered (hidden within the pages of the Eastman View No. 1) to make the "regular Empire State" in 11x14.  This version of 11x14 only camera, presumably resembling the former Empire State Variation 3, was continued until at least 1925 (references with Empire State Variation 3).  By 1927, the Empire State 11x14 was gone and the Eastman View 11x14 was undoubtedly its replacement.  One reason for the name change is that the hardware changed from the crooked type rear tilt to the straight type rear tilt shown in the above engraving.  This is why the Eastman View 11x14 is here considered a separate model to the Empire State 11x14, even though there is insufficient data (engravings) to confirm this.  The straight-type hardware appears to be that formerly used by the Century Camera Co., as in the Century No. 1 and Century No. 2, although other details appear to derive from the former Rochester Optical Co. Empire State models, as in Empire State Variation 3.

References:
Catalogue No. 27 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1925-1926, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), p. 58
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1927, p. 17
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1928, p. 13
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1929, p. 13
No. 29 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies, Eastman Kodak Stores, Inc. (St. Louis, MO), May 1, 1929, p. 4
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1930, p. 13
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 193-1932, p. 13
Photographic Materials, Mail Order Catalog No. 131, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), April 1931, p. 33
Catalog of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1932-1933, p. 10
Catalogue No. 42 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1932-33, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), p. 39 (As Eastman View Camera 11x14)
Catalog of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1934-1935, p. 12
Photographic Materials Mail Order Catalogue No. 135, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), July 1935, p. 40
Catalog of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1935-1936, p. 8
Photographic Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY) Catalog No. 136, April 1936, p. 40
Catalog of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1936-1937, p. 8
Professional Photographic Equipment, Catalogue No. 36, Eastman Kodak Stores, Inc. (St. Paul, MN), c.1936, p. 7
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1938, p. 8
Catalogue of Photographic Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY) Catalog No. 397, July 1939, p. 43

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