Rochester Optical Co.

Premo View Camera

Premo Cameras Catalog, 1908, p. 37

6 x 8"
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8 x 10"
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Date Introduced: 1905 ; Years Manufactured: 1905-1912 (not in the 1913 Premo Cameras catalog & ff)
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (gears internal to base); double swing; three-piece lens board; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; mahogany bed; black fabric bellows; brass hardware;
Sizes Offered: 6x8; 8x10 (photos)
Notes: English compact style.  Premo was the brand name of a popular brand of leather-covered, fold-out, red-bellows "hand and stand" plate cameras made by ROC starting in about 1895.   The perhaps popular name was applied to this view camera introduced in the 1905 Premo Cameras catalog.  The camera has the built in tripod head similar to the Carlton, but it also has 4 rubber feet on its bottom as well.  The camera above is missing two critical knurled knobs on the sides of its front standard.  These knobs screw into extremely shallow sliding metal plates - the shallowness of the threads allows them to come off and be lost.  The leather case shown above is an aftermarket item; the original case would have been a long-style canvas-covered one, have a compartment for the camera, another compartment for plateholders, and a third compartment which is the width of the lens board to store the lens and other small accessories.  Such a case having a lens compartment is rather essential to a camera that folds up so compactly that the lens has to be stored separately.  To the consternation of collectors and historians, English-style cameras such as this are often found dissociated from their lens board and lens.

References:
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), c. 1905, p. 38-39 ("in introducing this camera to our customers")
Complete Catalog of Cameras, Apparatus & Accessories for the Amateur Photographer, Catalog A, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c.1908, p. 44
Andrew J. Lloyd Catalog, Andrew J. Lloyd (Boston, MA), 1907
Photographic Materials and Supplies, The Gloeckner & Newby Company (New York, NY), c.1907, p. 10
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1908, p. 37
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), 1908, p. 54
Catalogue of Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1909, p.32
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1909, p. 32
Catalogue Photo Supplies, Milwaukee Photo Materials Co. (Milwaukee, WI), c.1910. p. 51
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1910, p. 32
Photographic Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 35, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c. 1910, p. 55
Descriptive Price List of Photographic Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), 1910-1911, p. 45
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1911, p. 34
Catalogue of Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), c. 1911, p. 46
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1912, p. 34
Illustrated Catalogue, The Gloeckner & Newby Co. (New York, NY), c.1912, p. 14
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies No. 38, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c.1915, p.52
 

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