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American Optical Company was established in 1856, in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1865 American Optical acquired John Stock & Co. with the Nelson Wright Co (owner of the Harrison Camera Factory) and about the same time it moved the company sales office to New York. Later, in 1871 the company was sold to Scovill Manufacturing Co..

American Optical cameras: Years of manufacture:
Flammangs Patent Revolving Back c1883-1898   Photo
Henry Clay Camera (extended rear) c1896   Photo
Henry Clay Camera (hinged bed) c1893-1899   Photo
Henry Clay Camera (sliding bed) c1891-1892   Photo
Henry Clay Regular c1896   Photo
Henry Clay Second c1896-1897   Photo
Henry Clay Stereo Camera 1892-1899   Photo
John Stock Wet Plate Camera c1866   Photo
John Stock Wet Plate Camera (5x8'') c1866  
Klondike 1898  
Revolving Back Camera 1886-1898   Photo
St.Louis Reversible Back View c1887   Photo
Viewcamera 1890s  

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