Rochester Camera Manufacturing Co.
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Rochester Camera & Supply Co.

Rochester View, Variation 1

Rochester Camera & Supply Co. Catalog, 1900, p. 40-41

Jas. H. Smith Catalog, July 1901, p. 23

6 x 8




Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1895-1901
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); single swing; three-piece lensboard; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; cherry bed; black fabric bellows; brass hardware;
Sizes Offered: 5x7; 5x8; 6x8; 8x10; 11x14; 14x17
Notes: Closely related in design to the earlier ROC Ideal, The Rochester View was made by a number of closely related companies in a number of variations, but not by the original Rochester Optical Co. (1883-1899).  The Rochester View might be considered a rip-off of the ROC Ideal by the rival Rochester Camera Mfg. Co., which was started in 1891 by H.B. Carlton, the brother of W.F. Carlton, the principal in ROC (there might be a family story here).  Rochester View, Variation 1 has only front focus, a nifty, spring-loaded lensboard retaining clip, and  ground glass springs that point the same way (differing from the Rochester View Variation 2, which had no nifty retaining clip and ground glass springs pointing in opposite directions).  However, that the lensboard clip is at the top requires fitting the lensboard to a close tolerance, since gravity does not help the lensboard look tight, as in most other view cameras with the clips on the the bottom.  Both variations 1 and 2 had a short extension on the front and no rear extension, while the otherwise similarly designed Variation 3 and Poco Variation had the short extension on the back.

References:
Photographic Cameras, Rochester Camera Mfg. Co. (Rochester, NY), June 1895. pp. 6-7
Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Camera Co. (Rochester, NY), May 1896. pp. 6-7
Catalogue of Photographic Sundries,
A.S. Aloe Co. (St. Louis, MO), c. 1897, p. 15
Dept. 5: Photographic Lenses, Supplies, etc. 2nd ed.; Andrew J. Lloyd & Co. (Boston, MA) catalog, 1897, p. 41
Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Camera Co. (Rochester, NY), April 1898. pp. 6-7
Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Camera & Supply Co. (Rochester, NY), 1899. pp. 36-37
Illustrated Catalogue No. 18,
L.M. Prince & Bros. (Cincinnati, OH), c. 1899, p. 35
Catalogue of Photographic Sundries
, Jas. H. Smith & Co. (Chicago, IL) Catalog, 1899, p. 18
The Poco Camera 1900, Rochester Camera & Supply Co. (Rochester, NY), p. 40-41
Photographic Encyclopedia, Andrew J. Lloyd & Co. (Boston, MA), 1901, p. 106

Untitled Advertising Circular, Eastern Camera Mfg. Co. (Chicago, IL), c. 1901 (as the Western View Outfit)
Catalogue of Photographic Sundries, Jas. H. Smith (Chicago, IL) Catalog, July 1, 1901, p. 23

Illustrated Catalogue No. IIII of Professional and Amateur Photographer's Supplies, Wm. F. Uhlman (St. Joseph, MO), c.1901, p. 41
 

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