The Reversible Back Acme View Box was offered from 1878-1891. (The name
itself is quite a tongue-twister!)
It is a back focus, cone (tapered) bellows, folding bed design offered in single
or double swing options. The rear standard is square allowing the removable
back to be reversed for landscape and portrait orientations. As a note, the
revolving back version of this camera was available as Flammang's Patent
Revolving Back Camera (rear focusing pattern).
The camera body is mahogany mounted on a cherry base with brass
hardware. It was advertised as being portable and offered in formats ranging
from 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 to 20 x 24 inches.
This example is an 8 x 10 inch model with the double swing option, geared fine
focusing, and Euryscop IV No.3 lens. The nickel plated maker's label is marked
"Scovill Manufacturing Company, NY" implying a manufacturing date in the
The Reversible Back Acme View Box was advertised for $34 in the 1888 W.D.
Gatchel catalogue. This camera would cost about $645 in year 2000 dollars.