American Camera Co. (Rochester, NY)
Cycle-type camera -
4 x 5
Camera Co. of Northborough, MA was one company of many that was formed and left
in the wake of the Byzantine career of Thomas Blair. By 1898, the majority
stock owner was George Eastman, when Blair sold the remainder to Eastman, who
moved the company to Rochester, NY. Eastman continued to manufacture
cameras using the American Camera Co., Rochester, NY label. The
case in which this camera came has a purple patina that seems to be peculiar to
some Eastman products; compare it to the exterior of the
Improved Folding (Satchel) Kodak.
The American Camera Co. was founded prior to 1898, as the ad
below shows, although this specific camera is not advertised there. Their
products were apparently sold through E. & H.T. Anthony & Co.
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1898,
The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), ads p.
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