Rochester Optical Co.
Below, C.H. Codman Catalog, 1886, p. 6
Date Introduced: 1885 ; Years
Construction: front focus via
two gear tracks on top of base rails, reversing by removable back, rising front by right thumbscrew.
Materials: mahogany body, cherry base, black fabric bellows,
Sizes Offered: 3¼x4¼; 4x5; 4¼x6½; 5x7; 5x8; 6½x8½;
Notes: At the time this camera
was offered, the other front focus camera, the Ideal
Variation 1, had a rather limited rear tilt. This arrangement would
seem to provide greater tilt. This model was probably made obsolete by the
Ideal Variation 2. The Excelsior would appear to
be a rather rare camera.
American Journal of Photography., March, 1885, p. 9
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), distributed by C.
& Co. (Boston, MA),
June 1886, p. 7
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