Rochester Optical Co.

Universal Camera Variation 2

Rochester Optical Co. Catalog, 1895, p. 4

6 x 8
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: 1893-1904 discontinued 1905
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (gears internal to base); single or double swing; three-piece lens board; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; mahogany bed; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 3x4; 4x5; 4x6; 5x7; 5x8; 6x8; 8x10; 10x12; 11x14; 14x17; 17x20
Notes: This is another one of R.O.C.'s extensive array of English compact style cameras; w/ two sizes of canvas cases available, plate-holder, tripod.   Variation 1 has a smaller rearmost metal piece in the hinge than Variation 2Variation 2 Does not appear in engravings before the 1893 catalog, and no Universal at all appears in the 1905 Premos catalog.

References:
1893 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, May 1893, p. 4-5
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1893, The Scovill & Adams Co., 1892, ads p. ciii
1894 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, May 1894, p. 4-5
1895 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, May 1895, p. 4-5
1896 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, May 1896, p. 4-5
American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1897, The Scovill & Adams Co., 1896, ads p. cv (an engraving in an ad for Cummins Photo Stock Co., Baltimore, MD)
Dept. 5: Photographic Lenses, Supplies, etc. 2nd ed., Andrew J. Lloyd & Co., Boston, MA, 1897, p. 43
Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, June 1898, pp. 4-5
Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, 1899, pp. 6-7
Illustrated Catalogue No. 18,
L.M. Prince & Bros., Cincinnati, OH, c. 1899, p. 33
Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Optical & Camera Co., Rochester, NY, 1901, pp. 6-7
Photographic Encyclopedia, Andrew J. Lloyd & Co., Boston, MA, 1901, p. 104
Illustrated Catalogue No. IIII of Professional and Amateur Photographer's Supplies, Wm. F. Uhlman (St. Joseph, MO), c.1901, p. 40
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co. succeeded by Rochester Optical & Camera Co., Rochester, NY, 1902, p. 43
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co. succeeded by Rochester Optical & Camera Co., Rochester, NY, 1903, p. 28
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, 1904, p. 34

 

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