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Empire State #2

Premo Catalog, 1913, p. 32-33

5 x 7
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1908-1913
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: 5x7, 6x8, 8x10
Notes: This camera would easily be mistaken for an Empire State Improved or a Century No.2 (both made by EKC during this era, but look closely.  It has a plumb bob that the Empire State Improved does not, a quick-lock manner of securing the front track rather than a thumbscrew, a piano-hinge for the front track, and a sliding tripod block.  The back on the illustrated camera is from another camera and so would not be typical of this model.   By 1915, the Eastman View Camera No. 2 is introduced as an improvement to the Empire State and Century No. 2 cameras.

References:
Complete Catalog of Cameras, Apparatus & Accessories for the Amateur Photographer, Catalog A, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL) Catalog A, c.1908, p. 43
Photographic Cameras, Supplies and Lenses, Williams, Brown & Earle, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) Catalog, c. 1908, pp. 33-34
Catalogue of Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, N.Y.), 1909, pp.30-31
Lloyd's Photographic Supplies, Andrew J. Lloyd Co. (Boston, MA) Catalog, c. 1909, p. 28
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1909, p. 30-31
Eastman Kodak Co. Professional Apparatus Catalog, 1910
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., 1910, pp. 30-31
Photographic Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 35, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c. 1910, p. 56
Descriptive Price List of Photographic Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), 1910-1911, pp. 43-44
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY, 1911, p. 32-33
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), c. 1911, pp. 44-45
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., 1912, pp. 32-33
Illustrated Catalogue, The Gloeckner & Newby Co. (New York, NY), c.1912, p. 14
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., 1913, pp. 32-33
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies No. 38, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c.1915, p.51

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