Burke & James, Inc., Chicago, IL

Watson Commercial View Camera

 Burke & James Catalog, 1940, p.30

Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1940's
Construction: back focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); double swing; reversing by removable back; three-piece lens board
Materials:
Sizes Offered: 2x3; 3x4; 4x5; 5x7
Notes: Watson was the trademark name that B&J used after Ingento was droppedThe Watson Portrait Camera has a mahogany finish and comparatively shorted bellows than the gray, painted Watson Commercial View.  The form of both are similar to what is called here the Seneca Competitor Variation 2 (which may not even be made by Seneca), but the details are different.

References:  
Better Pictures with Watson Portrait and View Cameras, Burke & James (Chicago, IL), dated 1940, pp. 30-31
 

 

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