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    Posted 8 years ago

    rniederman
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    The 1903 Pocket Poco A by the Rochester Optical and Camera Company (Rochester, NY) is unusual and one of my favorite portable self-casing designs. Unlike other cameras of this era, it does not have a bed that drops down to support the lens and shutter.

    To open, you simply squeeze a pair of buttons and pull out the front. When opened, nicely nickel plated hardware - trellis struts - keeps the camera rigid. The body is made of cherry covered in seal grain leather with a red leather bellows.

    It is an obscure camera only having been made for one year. It is a very small, cute apparatus that makes pictures on 3¼ x 4¼ inch glass plates. The Pocket Poco A was marketed to beginners at a price of $6.00 (equivalent to about $153 in year 2013 currency).

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      this is great!!
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