Rochester Optical Co.

Universal Camera, Variation 1

Rochester Optical Co. Catalog, 1891, p. 2

6 x 8
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c.1890-1892
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (gears internal to base); single or double swing; three-piece lens board; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; mahogany bed; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 3x4; 4x5; 4x6; 5x7; 5x8; 6x8; 8x10; 10x12; 11x14; 14x17; 17x20
Notes: This is another one of R.O.C.'s extensive array of English compact style cameras; w/ two sizes of canvas cases available, plate-holder, tripod.   Variation 1 has a smaller rearmost metal piece in the hinge than Variation 2, which appears in engravings from the 1893 catalog and later.  The reference below to the Cummins logo that includes a Universal is assumed to have been continued even though the model was discontinued.

References:
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, June 1890, p. 2-3
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, May 1891, p. 2-3
Photographic Material,
Catalogue O & P, James W. Queen & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1891, p. 45-46
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1892
, The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), 1891, ads p. 70 (ROC ad)
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1892, The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), 1891, ads p. 103 (Cummins Photostock Co. ad)
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1893, The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), 1892, ads p. 103 (Cummins Photostock Co. ad, p. 107)
The International Annual of Anthony's Photographic Bulletin Vol. VII 1895,E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY), 1894, ads p. 74 (Cummins Photostock Co. ad)
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1896, The Scovill & Adams Co. (New York, NY), 1895, ads p. 104 (Cummins Photostock Co. ad)
Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), May 1897, p. 4-5
The International Annual of Anthony's Photographic Bulletin, Vol X, 1897, E. & H. T. Anthony & Co., (New York, NY), 1897, ads p. 23 (in a logo for Cummins Photo Stock Co., not advertised for sale)



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