Rochester Optical Co.
New Model Stereo
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: 3¼x4¼; 4x5; 4¼x6½; 5x7; 5x8; 6½-8½;
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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