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American Optical Co. was a 19th century camera maker, based in New York and New Haven, USA. In 1871 it became a division of Scovill Mfg. Co., the division that made the better versions of Scovill's cameras, made of finer wood, with a better finish. American Optical made view cameras for an astonishing variety of exposure formats. The company still exists as maker of microscopes.

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