Folmer & Schwing Mfg. Co., New York, NY
Sky Scraper Camera
Folmer & Schwing Catalog, 1904, p. 48
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1900-1905
Construction: rear focus via
push-pull; reversing by removable back; double swing; three-piece
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows;
Sizes Offered: 8x10 (above); 11x14; 14x17 and larger sizes(!)
made to order
Notes: made for photographing tall buildings without tilting
the camera back, the lens board has significantly greater rise than other cameras due to
the tall front standard; the back has a fine focusing screw to make up for not having
gears. This original Sky Scraper model, with its
curved swing hardware and fine-focus screw (missing) seems to be a throwback to
wet-plate field cameras of the 1850's-1870's, like the
American Optical Philadelphia Stereo View
and the Samuel Peck Stereo View.
The Improved Sky Scraper Camera has gear
focus on the side, and a different arrangement of swing.
Andrew J. Lloyd (Boston, MA) catalog 1900
Photographic Encyclopedia, Andrew J. Lloyd & Co.
(Boston, MA), 1901, p. 109
Graflex and Graphic Cameras (Folmer & Schwing Catalog), 1904.
Photo Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), 1910-1911, p.
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