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

Home Portrait Camera No. 1

EKC Professional Catalog, 1917, p. 21

8 x 10


Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured:  c. 1918
Construction: rear focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails);  reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 8x10 only
Notes:  It is essentially a studio camera of the era which happens to have a folding base.  Similar to the F&S Commercial View of the same era, except this camera only has a 22" rather than 42" bellows draw, and is rear focus only.  It's name implies that it might be for amateur use, but, then again, no Folmer-Schwing camera is for amateurs; this camera is meant to be used by a professional photographer to lug around to people's homes to take their portraits.  It has a typically Folmer-Schwing robustness that is unrivaled in strength and weight.

Number 30 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits, Lenses and Supplies, Robey-French Co. (Boston, MA), c. 1915, p. 51
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials 1917, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), p. 21
Cameras, Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, 11th Ed., Hirsch & Kaiser (San Francisco, CA), c. 1917, p. 8

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