Rochester Optical Co.
Field View Cameras
A complete history of the Rochester companies can be found at http://www.nwmangum.com/Kodak/Rochester.html.
The companies represented on this page had many names, but their ties were close and the view cameras were often similar. The name Rochester Optical Co. can refer to two different incarnations: the 1883-1899 company or the 1903-1907 company, which was purchased by EKC in 1907.
Of the companies in the Rochester family, Rochester Optical Co. (either incarnation) and Rochester Camera Mfg. Co. manufactured most of the wooden view cameras still with us. Companies such as Western, Monroe, and Ray specialized in leather-covered hand and stand cameras.
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