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In 1880 William H. Walker founded the Wm. H. Walker and Company business, which was bought by W. F. Carlton in 1883 and renamed the Rochester Optical Company. In 1899 four other companies joined with Rochester Optical: the Rochester Camera and Supply Company (by H. B. Carlton, brother of W. F. Carlton); the Ray Camera Company; the Monroe Camera Company; and the Western Camera Manufacturing Company of Chicago. In 1903 the Rochester company was bought by Kodak Eastman, but continued to manufacture its line of cameras as the Rochester Optical Division of Kodak until 1921.

Rochester Optical cameras: Years of manufacture:
American 1890   Photo
American Challenge (swivel bed) c1881-1887   Photo
American Challenge (wooden bed) c1881-1887  
Carlton 1893-1904   Photo
Carlton Twin Lens Camera 1894-1895   Photo
Comet 1896-1897   Photo
Commodore 1885-1894   Photo
Cyclone (Magazine) 1898-1905   Photo
Cyclone Junior 1901-1904   Collection
Cyclone Primer 1903  
Cyclone Senior 1900-1905   Photo
Cyko Reko 1900   Photo
Empire State 1893-1913   Photo
Empire State (large) 1893-1913  
Excelsior 1885-1887  
Film Premo No.1 1904-1916   PhotoCollection
Film Premo No.2 1904   Photo
Film Premo No.3 1905-1910   Photo
Fimplate Premo 1905-1916   Photo
Handy 1890-1895   Photo
Ideal 1885-1905   Photo
Katch 1893-1894   Photo
Kenwood 1894-1899   Photo
Long Focus Premo 1895-1904   Photo
Long Focus Premo Special 1898-1900   Photo
Midget Pocket 1890-1902   Photo
Midget Pocket Box 1890-1902   Photo
Monitor 1886-1901   Photo
New Model 1886-1901   Photo
New Model Improved 1886-1899   Photo
New Model Stereo 1886-1899   Photo
Peerless 1887-1894   Photo
Pocket Cyko No.1 c1890s  
Pocket Premo 1903-1904   Photo
Pocket Premo C 1904-1916   Photo
Pony Premo 1896-1898   Photo
Pony Premo A 1897-1900   Photo
Pony Premo B 1901-1903   PhotoCollection
Pony Premo C 1901  
Pony Premo D 1900   Photo
Pony Premo E 1898   Photo
Pony Premo No.1 1904-1912   Photo
Pony Premo No.2 1898-1912   Photo
Pony Premo No.3 1898-1912   PhotoCollection
Pony Premo No.4 1898-1912   Photo
Pony Premo No.5 1898-1903   PhotoCollection
Pony Premo No.6 1900-1912   PhotoCollection
Pony Premo No.7 1902-1912   Photo
Pony Premo Sr 1897-1898   Photo
Premaret 1894-1899   Photo
Premier Box 1890-1897   Photo
Premier Folding 1892-1895   Photo
Premo (box) 1893   Photo
Premo (folding) 1893-1895   PhotoCollectionComments
Premo A 1896-1902   Photo
Premo B 1894-1902   PhotoCollection
Premo C 1894-1901   Photo
Premo D 1894-1898   Photo
Premo Sr 1895-1900   Photo
Premo Sr Special 1896-1900   Photo
Premo Supreme 1902-1908   Photo
Premo V 1898   Photo
Premo View 1905-1915   Photo
Premoette 1905-1912   Photo
R.O.C. View 1905-1916   Photo
Reflecting Premo 1905-1906   Photo
Reko 1899   Photo
Reversible Back Premo 1897-1900   PhotoCollection
Rochester Magazine Camera 1891   Photo
Rochester Stereo 1891  
Rochester View 1897-1918  
Snappa 1902-1903   Photo
Special c1901-1902  
Special W.K. c1890s   Photo
Standard 1890-1899   Photo
Star Premo 1903-1908   Photo
Stereo Premo 1895-1911   Photo
Universal 1888-1904   Photo
Vee 1899  

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