Rochester Camera Manufacturing Co.
Rochester Camera Co.
Rochester Camera & Supply Co.
Rochester Camera & Supply Co. Catalog, 1900, p. 40-41
Jas. H. Smith Catalog, July 1901, p. 23
6½ x 8½
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;
Sizes Offered: 5x7; 5x8; 6½x8½; 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.
Photographic Cameras, Rochester Camera
Mfg. Co. (Rochester, NY), June 1895. pp.
Rochester Camera Co. (Rochester, NY),
May 1896. pp.
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.
April 1898. pp.
Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Camera & Supply Co.
(Rochester, NY), 1899. pp.
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
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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