Manhattan Optical Co.
Manhattan Optical Co. catalog, 1900/1901, pp. 30-31
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1899- c.
Construction: rear focus
via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails) ; double
swing; shifting front, reversing by removable back; gears on top of both tops of
Materials: mahogany body, cherry base, nickeled brass
hardware, red leather bellows
Sizes Offered: 4x5, 5x7, 6½x8½, 8x10
Notes: is the same basic design as the Criterion, and disappeared about the time the Criterion appeared, and
so may be its fore-runner. In 1899, Manhattan Optical
made separate front focus only (Variation 1) and back focus
only (Variation 2) versions.
They were replaced by 1903 with Variation
3: front and back focus.
The Wizard Catalogue 1899, Manhattan Optical Co. of N.Y., 1899, pp.
The Wizard Catalogue, Manhattan Optical Co. of N.Y., 1900/1901, pp. 30-31
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