Rochester Optical Company

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Rochester Optical Company

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  • Rochester Optical Co.

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Founded in 1883 by W.F. Carlton when he acquired the camera and dry plate manufacturing business of Wm. H. Walker and company. The Rochester Optical Company was best known for the Premo view camera, a product that continued to be manufactured after the company was taken over by Kodak in 1903, following an unsuccessful 1899 bid by five camera companies to merge into the Rochester Optical and Camera Company. After 1907, the company was known as the Rochester Optical Division of the Eastman Kodak Company, changing again to the Rochester Optical Department of the Eastman Kodak Company in 1918.


Rochester, New York

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Rochester Optical and Camera Company (1899-1903)

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Rochester Optical and Camera Company

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Rochester Optical Company

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Five American camera companies combined in 1899 to create the Rochester Optical and Camera Company. These included: Rochester Optical COmpany, Rochester Camera and Supply Company, Ray Camera Company, Monroe Camera Company ad the Western Camera Manufacturing Company of Chicago.

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