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Rochester Optical & Camera Co.
Below, Rochester Camera Mfg.
June 1895, p.
6½ x 8½
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: Rochester Camera Mfg. Co.: c. 1895
Construction: back focus via
push-pull; single swing; three-piece
lens board; reversing by removable back; no gears
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows;
Sizes Offered: 5x7, 5x8, 6½x8½,
8x10, 11x14, 14x17
Notes: All the Favorite
Variations are the essentially the same camera except for the name of the
company that manufactured them, but this is the only variation that has springs
on the spring back pointing in the same direction. Since all four springs
are identical, they should be less expensive to produce (twice as many pieces in
each run). Nevertheless, the later variations have springs pointing in
opposite directions. One must assume that either the same-way springs did
not work as well, or a symmetrical arrangement was desired for aesthetic
reasons. The photographs illustrate the 6.5x8.5 size.
This camera is finished with a relatively reddish varnish. Compare
to the Favorites of Rochester Camera Co., and Rochester Camera & Supply Co.
This design is similar but not as compact as Scovill's
Acme Back Focus Cone Camera,
because the back base does not nestle around the front
when collapsed. Canvas case carries camera and 6 holders.
Photographic Cameras Manufactured by Rochester Camera
Mfg. Co., Rochester Camera
Mfg. Co., Rochester, NY, June 1895. p.
A. S. Aloe Co. (St. Louis, MO) Catalog, c. 1897, p. 16
Rochester Optical & Camera Co., Rochester, NY, 1901, pp.
Photographic Encyclopedia, Andrew J. Lloyd & Co., Boston, MA, 1901, p.
(the springs in these engravings point the same way, but is ROCMC just re-using
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