J. L. Lewis, New York, NY
National View, Improved
J. L. Lewis Catalogue No. 8, p. 18
Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1906-1910
Construction: front and back focus
via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); double swing; reversing
by removable back; three-piece lensboard
Materials: mahogany body, cherry
base, brass hardware, canvas case
Sizes Offered: 5x7, 5x8 stereo,
6½x8½, 8x10, 11x14, 14x17, 17x20
Notes: National was the trademark name that
J. L. Lewis used for
this camera. It was apparently identical to the
Seneca View, Improved,
and purchased from its manufacturer, Seneca Camera Mfg. Co., for resale.
This Lewis model normally had the long-style case (with room for extra
plate-holders, while the Lewis Professional
had the square-type case (only fitting one plate-holder).
National Cameras and Supplies, Catalogue No. 8, J. L. Lewis (New York, NY), c. 1906, pp.
18-19 (as the National View Camera)
Cameras and Supplies, Catalog No. 12, J. L.
Lewis (New York, NY), c. 1910, pp. 14-15 (as the New Improved
National View Camera)
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