Folmer & Schwing Div., E.K.C.,  Rochester, NY

Commercial View Camera Variation 2

 

EKC Professional Catalog 1927, p. 22

8x10, c.1923
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured:  c. 1923-c.1929
Construction: front and rear focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on sides of base rails);  reversing by removable back; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 8x10, 11x14
Notes:

     A substantial camera, made robust for heavy and constant use.  It is essentially a studio camera of the era which happens to have a folding base.  A bellows prop is present to support the long-draw (42") bellows.  It is prettier from afar than close up.  The finish appears to be a one-coat orange varnish-stain, the brass is not highly polished or lacquered and the wood is not smoothly finished, and the 1923 catalog states that the brass has a matte finish - it is clearly a utilitarian model.  

     Commercial View Cameras Variation 1 had all brass thumbscrews, while Commercial View Cameras Variation 2 had wooden knobs for the rack and pinion focusing.  The base connector screws were knurled in the earlier cameras, and wing-nut-like in the later cameras, and the brass was polished in the earlier camera and matte on the later.  The model had been discontinued by the 1929 catalog. 
 

     The 1923 example above was apparently never used, still having its original un-cut lens board. 

References:
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1915
Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials Catalogue No. 30, Robey-French Co. (Boston, MA), c. 1915, p. 51
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies No. 38, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c.1915, p.59
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials 1917, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), p. 44
Cameras, Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, 11th Ed., Hirsch & Kaiser (San Francisco, CA), c. 1917, p. 31
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials 1920, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), p. 40
Eastman Professional Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co., 1923, p. 29
Catalogue No. 27 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1925-1926, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1925, p. 63
Eastman Professional Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1925, p. 26
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1927, p. 22
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1928, p. 15
Professional Cameras and Sundries, Folmer Graflex Corporation (Rochester, NY), c. 1928, p. 19
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1929, p. 15
No. 29 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies, Eastman Kodak Stores, Inc. (St. Louis, MO), May 1, 1929, p. 3
 

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