Folmer & Schwing Co., NY, NY

Banquet Camera

EKC Professional Catalog, 1923, p. 30
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7 x 17, all brass thumbscrews
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7 x 17, with wooden main thumbscrews
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Metal Label on Front Standard

 

12 x 20, with wooden main thumbscrews
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured:  c. 1915-1929
Construction: front and rear focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails);  not reversible; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 7x17; 12x20
Notes:

     The unusual tilt-down lens board is designed to provide extra swing (in addition to the small swing capability of the rear standard) in order to have sharp focus on a large seated group from the vantage point of a ladder.  This is a very substantially made camera.  The camera was discontinued by the 1929 catalog.

     Some examples, like the top camera above, have all brass thumbscrews.  Others, presumably the ones made in the later years of production, have wooden knobs instead of brass for the front and back focus; see the second and third examples above. 

References: 
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1915
Number 30 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits, Lenses and Supplies, Robey-French Co. (Boston, MA), c. 1915, p. 50
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies No. 38, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c.1915, p.59
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials 1917, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), pp. 48-49
Cameras, Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, 11th Ed., Hirsch & Kaiser (San Francisco, CA), c. 1917, p. 32
Catalogue of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1919-1920, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1919, p. 36
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials
1920, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), pp. 44-45
Catalogue No. 10 and Bargain Book No. 11 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories, 1920-1921; Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1920, p.33
Eastman Professional Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co., 1923, p. 30
Eastman Professional Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), 1925, p. 27
Catalogue No. 27 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1925-1926, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1925, p. 61
Catalogue No. 31 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1926-1927, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1926, p. 74
Studio and Kodak Finishing Equipment Catalog
, Z. T. Briggs Photo Supply Co. (Kansas City, MO, c. 1927, p. 60
Professional Cameras and Sundries, Folmer Graflex Corporation (Rochester, NY), c. 1928, p. 18
No. 29 Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Outfits and Supplies, Eastman Kodak Stores, Inc. (St. Louis, MO), May 1, 1929, p. 5
Catalogue No. 42 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1932-33,
Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), p. 44

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