Catalogs Related to Rochester Optical Co.

The Rochester Optical Co. operated as one company from 1883-1891.  In 1891, while W.F. Carlton retained manager of Rochester Optical, his brother, H.B. Carlton, started a rival firm, Rochester Camera Mfg. Co.  From 1891-1899, under the many names shown on the right below, he fielded models of view camera different from those of his brother.  Also, while Rochester Optical Co. was developing a line of leather-covered cameras called Premo, their rivals developed a similar line called Poco.  The two companies re-combined in 1899 to form the Rochester Optical & Camera Co., often publishing separate catalogs for the Premo and Poco lines.  Finally, re-organized as the (new) Rochester Optical Co., the former lines were fully integrated, dropping redundancies.  The Poco name disappeared in favor of Premo.

The catalogs listed below are specific to these Rochester Camera companies.  All catalogs may be found here.

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Rochester Optical Co. (W.F. Carlton)

Rochester Camera Mfg Co., Rochester Camera Co., Rochester Camera Co., Rochester Camera & Supply (H.B. Carlton)

1886 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), distributed by C.H. Codman (Boston, MA) dated June 1886, ~6"x9", 24pp     .html     .pdf

 
1890 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated June 1890, ~5"x9", 36pp     .html     .pdf  
1891 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated May 1891, ~6"x9", 40pp  

c.1892 The Premier Camera Regular and Folding, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), undated c.1892, ~4"x6", 28pp     .html     .pdf

 

1893 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated May 1893, ~6"x9", 56pp

 

1894 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated May 1894, ~6"x9", 64pp

 

1895 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated May 1895, ~6"x9", 64pp

1895 Photographic Cameras Mfr'd by Rochester Camera Mfg. Co. (Rochester, NY), dated June 1895, ~6"x9", 40pp

1896 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated May 1896, ~6"x9", 64pp

1896 Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Camera Co., (Rochester, NY), dated May 1896, ~6"x8", 48pp

1897 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated May 1897, ~6"x9", 80pp     .html     .pdf

 


1897
The Premo Camera, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1897, ~7"x5", 80pp

c.1897 Catalogue of Photographic Sundries, A. S. Aloe Co. (St. Louis, MO), undated, c. 1897, ~4"x7", 84pp  

 

1898 Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated June 1898, ~6"x9", 84pp

1898 Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Camera Co., (Rochester, NY), dated April 1898, ~6"x8", 48pp


1898
The Premo Camera, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1898, ~8"x6", 104pp

 

1899 Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1899, ~6"x9", 56pp

1899 Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Camera & Supply Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1899, ~6"x8", 64pp


1899
The Premo Camera, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1898, ~8"x7", 88pp

 

1900 The Premo Camera, Rochester Optical Co. Branch, Rochester Optical & Camera Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1900, ~8"x7", 74pp

1900 The Poco Camera, Rochester Camera & Supply Co. Branch, Rochester Optical & Camera Co., (Rochester, NY), dated1900, ~6"x8", 78pp

1901 Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical & Camera Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1901, ~7"x8", 50pp

 

1901 The Premo Camera, The Poco Camera Catalogue, Rochester Optical & Camera Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1901, ~7"x8", 96pp

 

1902 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co. succeeded by Rochester Optical & Camera Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1902, ~6"x9", 80pp

1902 Poco Cameras, Rochester Camera & Supply Co., Succeeded by Rochester Optical & Camera Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1902, ~7"x8", 80pp

1903 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co. succeeded by Rochester Optical & Camera Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1903, ~5"x8", 48pp

1903 The Poco Camera, Rochester Camera & Supply Co., Succeeded by Rochester Optical & Camera Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1903, ~6"x7", 40pp

1904 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), undated but 1904 (see introduction), ~5"x8", 52pp

 
1905 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1905, ~5"x8", 56pp  
c.1907 The Photographic Instructor, Rochester Optical Co., (Rochester, NY), undated c.1907, ~3"x4", 32pp  

1908 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., (Rochester, NY), dated 1908, ~5"x8", 56pp

 
1909 Premo Cameras and Accessories , Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1909, ~5"x8", 48pp  

1910 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1910, ~5"x8", 48pp

 

1911 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1911, ~5"x8", 48pp

 

1912 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1912, ~5"x8", 48pp

 

1913 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1913, ~5"x8", 48pp

 

1914 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1914, ~6"x8", 48pp

 

1915 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1915, ~5"x8", 48pp

 
1916 Premo Cameras 1916, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1916, ~5"x7", 48pp  

1917 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1917, ~5"x7", 48pp

 

1918 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Department, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1918, ~5"x7", 48pp

 

1920 Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Department, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), dated 1920, ~5"x7", 48pp