Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY)

Premier Hand Camera Variation 2 - c. 1895-1903

 

Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), May 1893, pp. 18-19

 

4 x 5


I have to admit that, with its dearth of wood and brass, I only bought this camera because of its cool canvas case.  There is a label on top of the case that reads "Mrs. G. C. Lear 19 North Franklin St., Wilkesbarre, Pa".  The inside actually does have some wood and brass.

Notes: The earliest Premier, The Premier Variation 1, had a small knob in front to cock the shutter.  By the 1893 catalog, The Premier Variation 2 had instead: a lever in a brass rack on top, which cocks the shutter (to various spring tensions) when moved in either direction.  There is also a Premier No. 2 advertised in the same catalogs as The Premier Variation 2 ["Variation 2" is my terminology], which has front rise that The Premier variations 1 & 2 do not.

References:
Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), May 1893, pp. 18-19
Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), May 1897, p. 20-21
 

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