Rochester Optical Co.

New Model Stereo Variation 1

5 x 8






Lever method of making the base rigid

Label on front of camera.  It looks to be engraved rather than molded or stamped.

Stamp on top of wooden case



Date Introduced: probably 1885 ; Years Manufactured: c. 1885
Construction: back focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); single or double swing; three-piece lens board; non-reversing
Materials: Honduras mahogany body; cherry bed; black fabric bellows; nickeled hardware
Sizes Offered: 3x4; 4x5; 4x6; 5x7; 5x8; 6-8; 8x10
Notes: This camera is a New Model Variation 1 that has both mono and stereo lens boards and lenses.  It may not have been called a New Model Stereo in its time, and we have no catalogs that show the New Model Stereo to have a solid base such as this.  However, it is not uncommon to find the New Model of any Variation fitted out for stereo work - they all had factory-cut notches for the installation of a septum.

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