Rochester Optical Co.

New Model Stereo Variation 2

Rochester Optical Co. Catalog, 1895, p. 17

5 x 8





Date Introduced: probably 1885 ; Years Manufactured: c. 1885-1899
Construction: back focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); single or double swing; three-piece lens board; reversing by two tripod mounts
Materials: Honduras mahogany body; cherry bed; black fabric bellows; nickeled hardware
Sizes Offered: 3x4; 4x5; 4x6; 5x7; 5x8; 6-8; 8x10
Notes:

     Despite its name (New Model Stereo) this camera is not a stereo version of the New Model, but rather a stereo version of the New Model, Improved (thank you so very much ROC), in that it has rack and pinion focusing.  The illustrated camera is here called New Model Stereo Variation 2.  This camera has its fabric septum (see above) which is contemporaneous if not ROC manufacture.  5 x 8 cameras were usually manufactured with wide lens board and slots in the back for a septum.

New Model Stereo Variation 1:     All engravings of the New Model Stereo are as shown in the engraving above, that is, a stereo-adapted version of the New Model Improved Variation 2 (having a tongue & groove sides to its bed rather than the beveled sides of New Model Improved Variation 1).  The New Model Stereo may never have been advertised in the era of the beveled-sided New Model, but a New Model of that era could be had with both mono and stereo lens boards, named New Model Variation 1 here.

 

References:
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), distributed by C. H. Codman (Boston, MA), 1886, p. 12
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), June 1890, p. 13
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), May 1891, p. 17
1893 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1893, p. 14
1894 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1894, p. 14
1895 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1895, p. 17
1896 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1896, p. 17
Catalogue "G" 1896 Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Montgomery Ward & Co. (Chicago, IL), 1896, p. 23
Catalogue "G" 1896-1897 Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Montgomery Ward & Co. (Chicago, IL), p. 19
Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), May 1897, p. 17

Catalogue "G" 1897 Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Montgomery Ward & Co. (Chicago, IL), 1897, p. 22
Illustrated Catalogue No. 18, L.M. Prince & Bros. (Cincinnati, OH), c. 1899, p. 36
 

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