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  ROC Midget Pocket Camera

The Midget Pocket Camera was manufactured by the Rochester Optical Company from approximately 1888 to 1896. Designed to be the most compact camera ever made, measuring one and a half inches thick when folded. The 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 can be carried in an ordinary pocket, while the 4x5 can be carried in an overcoat pocket. On account of its compactness it is invaluable for ladies, tourists, bicyclists and canoeists.

Constructed of select highly polished Mahogany, and polished and lacquered brass. Features included a rising front, vertical swing, fine rack and pinion focusing, Spring-acting ground glass to secure hold the plate in place, A rectilinear lens that is compact enough to be able to remain attached to the front board and be reversed in the camera. The tripod was also compact giving the appearance of a cane when folded.

In 1890, the Midget Pocket Camera was offered as a combination view camera and detective camera. An optional leather covered detective box was available for purchase with the camera. The box contained a separate rack and pinion movement for focusing with an external milled head for adjustment. The view camera could be converted to a detective camera was advertised as only taking 15 seconds.

The early models were only made in 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 and 4 x5 inch sizes. the larger sizes introduced after 1890. Reference prices for 1895 were: 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 - $25.00; 4 x 5 - $25.00; 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 - $30.00; 5 x 7 - $32.00; Detective feature Add $10.00

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