Type of entity
Authorized form of name
Parallel form(s) of name
- Rochester Optical Co.
Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules
Other form(s) of name
- Rochester Optical Division (1907-1918)
- Rochester Optical Company (1903-1907)
Identifiers for corporate bodies
Dates of existence
The Rochester Optical company was founded in 1883 by W.F. Carlton when he acquired the camera and dry plate manufacturing business of William. 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 bid by five camera companies to merge into the Rochester Optical and Camera Company. The company was re-named the Rochester Optical 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.
Source: Kingslake, R. (1974). A history of the Rochester, NY camera and lens companies. Photographic Historical Society. Retrieved from: http://www.nwmangum.com/Kodak/Rochester.html