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Posted 6 years ago

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Creative and visually striking designs are a hallmark of 1890s American folding cameras. The two folding cameras shown here are what I consider to be among the most interesting and beautiful models made during this 10 year period.

Characterized by a clean yet simple design, nice proportions and absolutely stunning wood finish, the 1892-93 “Rochester” (left camera) by the Rochester Camera Manufacturing Company is one of my favorites. It is hard to believe this type of craftsmanship was mass produced in the 1890s; but here it is in 100% original condition.

On the right is an 1896 Henry Clay Regular camera. It is the only known example featuring stunning lush brown body leather. This camera is a bit more complex than “The Rochester” as it was made for an advanced amateur audience. The brown body leather is believed to be a special order. As with the Rochester Camera, this Henry Clay Regular is 100% original and unrestored.


  1. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
    Thanks officialfuel and all!
  2. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
    Thanks, Scott!
  3. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Thanks, AntigueToys!
  4. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Thanks, wood_cameras!
  5. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Thanks, mustangtony!
  6. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, windwalker!
  7. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, fortapache and f64imager!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 4 months ago
    Thanks, oldpeep!

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