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Ripley Camera

Photographic Times 15, 1885, p. 71


Manufacturer: American Optical Co. New York, NY factory
Date Introduced:
- ; Years Manufactured: c. 1885
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (single gear track on middle base rail) and back focus via push-pull; single swing; reversing by removable back;
Materials: mahogany body; cherry bed; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered:
Notes: This must be a rather large field camera, as it has three standards and both back and front beds fold.  The front is essentially a St. Louis camera, focusing by rack and pinon.  The back is essentially an Acme camera, focusing by push-pull.  It was patented by George Ripley, assignor to the Scovill Mfg. Co. (#331448, 1 Dec 1885) - the advertising preceded the actual awarding of the patent).

Photographic Times 15, Scovill Mfg. Co. (New York, NY), 1885, p. 71

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