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photography related industry in Rochester (New York)
American Camera | Bausch & Lomb | Blair | Century | Crown Optical Co. | Elgeet | Folmer & Schwing | Gassner and Marx | Graflex | Gundlach | Ilex | JML | Kodak | Milburn | Monroe | PMC | Ray | Reichenbach, Morey and Will | Rochester Camera and Supply Co. | Rochester Optical Co. | Seneca | Sunart | Walker | Wollensak
and in Rochester (Minnesota)
external links - Rudolf Kingslake's
"Optical industry in Rochester (N.Y.)"

The Folmer & Schwing Mfg. Co. was founded in 1887 by William F. Folmer and William E. Schwing as a bicycle company in New York City. The first cameras appeared in their catalogue of 1896. Mr. Folmer developed the first Graflex camera in 1898. The first of these cameras had a troublesome complicated focal plane shutter. In 1904 this was replaced by a focal plane cloth curtain shutter which was simple, reliable and fast. From 1905 to 1926 the company was a division of Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. Then it became Folmer Graflex Corporation.

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