Type of entity
Authorized form of name
Rochester Optical Company
Parallel form(s) of name
- Rochester Optical Co.
Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules
Other form(s) of name
Identifiers for corporate bodies
Dates of existence
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
Functions, occupations and activities
Mandates/sources of authority
Rochester Optical and Camera Company (1899-1903)
Identifier of the related entity
Category of the relationship
Type of relationship
Rochester Optical and Camera Company is the successor of Rochester Optical Company
Dates of the relationship
Description of relationship
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.