Rochester Optical Co.
American Challenge Camera (Wooden Bed)
Gent's Magazine, October 1883
5 x 8
Metal label on front face
Stamp on wooden case
Stamp on plate holder
Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1883
The example above has a metal Rochester Optical Co. label on the front, while the example below identifies the manufacturer via merely a stamp in its bed. A third example is known, but only from its bellows and standards, as, at one time, it was unscrewed from its base and the base was lost.
Bottom of camera, showing the hook that
keeps the bed rigid, hooking onto the rim of the built-in tripod top, the
skeletal metal rear undercarriage,
The rear undercarriage from the back,
showing the focus clamp (lever) and the thumbscrew that allows a limited
Manufacturer's stamp at the rear of the
An early, oblong-type, top clasp
instead of the usual round type.
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