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 lens board
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
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 ViewThe 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. pp. 48-49
Photo Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), 1910-1911, p. 47-48

Back to Eastman