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Wood Cameras237 of 278Midget Camera by Rochester Optical (c.1889 to 1902)Old Wollensak Wooden Camera with Bellows
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    Posted 10 years ago

    nickcam
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    Hi, anybody got a clue that can identify the model name of this camera and and date?--has a Victor shutter (pat Jan 8,91) and R.O.&C. Co. name on top of shutter. Lens is Rapid Rectilinear. The bellows can be extended out on two sliding beds as shown for very long focus.

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    1. Mark_C, 10 years ago
      Camera is from Rochester Optical & Camera Co. Could be a Long Focus Premo from approx 1895 - 1904.
    2. rniederman rniederman, 10 years ago
      Oddly, I have extensive ephemera for Premo and Poco cameras but cannot find this exact version. However, the split focusing rail design and thin rear-standard is indicative of the Tele-Photo Cycle Poco series. Yet it was not unusual for RO&C Co. to have made cameras for retailers' private brands. I suspect this is something like that because true RO&C Co. cameras would have brass trim wrapping around the front upright sides (as opposed to a simple flat strip as on this camera).

      A clue to the camera's age is in the shutter - looks original to the camera. It is a "Victor" (nicknamed flat-top Victor by collectors) and was introduced around 1899 to 1900 (or so).

      Finally, this is a triple extension bellows designed to accommodate long focal length (i.e. telephoto) lenses.

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