American Camera Mfg. Co.
Rochester Optical & Camera Co.,
made for American Camera Mfg. Co.
Poco View Camera (Rochester View,
Poco View Variation)
5 x 7, marked Poco View Camera made for American Camera
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1903 - 1904
Construction: front and rear
focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of
base rails); single swing; three-piece
lens board; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; cherry bed; black fabric bellows;
Sizes Offered: 5x7; 6½x8½; 8x10; 11x14; 14x17
Notes: Appears to be the very
Rochester View, Variation 3, in that it has the short extension
in the rear, and also differs by bearing the rather practical corner reinforcements
used by the
Empire State models of the era, e.g., Empire State, Variation 3.
If it had full-size front and rear extensions, it would be identical to the Empire State,
Variation 3, but it does not - the rear is so short as to be almost "what
were they thinking" length. The label reads "Poco View Camera Made for
American Camera Mfg. Co." Note that the label specifically states
camera was made for the American Camera Mfg. Co., rather than made
the firm, oddly stated, as if it was manufactured by a different company and the
American Camera Mfg. Co. merely sold it. The Poco name was first used by the Rochester Camera Mfg.
Co. and then by their successor Rochester Optical & Camera Co., but in the Poco
Cameras catalog of 1902 (Rochester Optical & Camera Co.) and the Poco
Cameras catalog of 1903 (Rochester Camera & Supply Co. succeeded by the
Rochester Optical Co.), this very model is
referred to as the Rochester View, despite the fact that the remainder of
the catalogs are filled with one Poco named camera after another.
Only in the 1904
catalog of the American Camera Mfg. Co. (already owned by EKC by this time) is
the model named as the Poco View Camera. Are you
confused yet? The 5x7 above camera is identical to the 8x10 below (even
the Poco View label), except that
the rise for the front is now behind the standard instead of inside, apparently
done at the last minute, since the hole for the thumbscrew was already drilled,
and has had to have been covered with a plain brass plate. Both cameras
have a leatherette-covered hard case rather than the canvas-covered case used
Poco and Buckeye Cameras 1904, American Camera Mfg. Co.
(Rochester, NY), unknown page no.
8 x 10
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