J. L. Lewis, New York, NY
National View, Improved
J. L. Lewis Catalogue No. 8, p. 18
Seneca Camera Mfg. Co. Seneca View
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 lens board
Materials: mahogany body, cherry
base, brass hardware, canvas case
Sizes Offered: 5x7, 5x8 stereo,
6½x8½, 8x10, 11x14, 14x17, 17x20
National was the trademark name that
J. L. Lewis used for
The National View Camera Improved was identical to the
Seneca Camera Mfg. Co.
and apparently purchased from its manufacturer for resale.
This J.L. Lewis model is advertised with a long-style case (with room for extra
plate-holders, while the J.L. Lewis Professional
had a smaller, square-type case (only fitting one plate-holder in addition to
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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