Folmer & Schwing Mfg. Co., New York, NY
Sky Scraper Camera, Improved
Century Camera Co. professional catalog, c.1902, p.16
8 x 10
Century Sky Scraper Improved - from Century Professional Catalog c.1906, p. 16
8 x 10
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1900-1918
Construction: rear focus via
rack and pinion (two gear tracks on sides of base rails); reversing
by removable back; double swing; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows;
Sizes Offered: 8x10; 11x14; 14x17 and larger sizes(!)
made to order
The Sky Scraper was 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 improvements from the Sky Scraper Camera include gear
focus instead of fine focusing screw, and a different vertical swing arrangement.
Even though a Folmer & Schwing product, it
also appeared in the
c.1906 Century Professional Catalog
referenced below as the
Century Sky Scraper Improved.
Andrew Lloyd catalog 1900.
Photographic Apparatus for the
Professional, Century Camera
Co. (Rochester, NY), undated c.1906,
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic
Outfits and Supplies, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL) Catalog, 1908, p. 56
Catalogue of Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials,
Eastman Kodak Co.
(Rochester, NY), 1909,
Descriptive Price List of Photographic Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), 1910-1911, pp.
Photographic Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 35,
Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c. 1910, p.
Catalogue Photo Supplies,
Milwaukee Photo Materials Co. (Milwaukee, WI), c.1910.
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials,
Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), c. 1911, p. 52-53
Number 30 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits,
Lenses and Supplies,
Robey-French Co. (Boston, MA),
c. 1915, p.
Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies No. 38, Sweet, Wallach & Co.
(Chicago, IL), c.1915, p.49
Cameras, Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, 11th Ed.,
Hirsch & Kaiser (San Francisco, CA),
c. 1917, p.
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