After a three year absence, Rochester Optical and Camera Company resurrected the
Pocket Monroe A bedless body pattern in 1903 as the 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch Pocket Poco
A. The body was made of cherry covered in seal grain leather. It was marketed to
beginners at a price of $6.00 (equivalent to $115 in year 2000 currency!) and did not
appear to be as successful as planned because it was not included in the 1904 Poco
The continuation of a particular camera after its
company merges with another is not unusual;
especially if the camera was popular. What is
unusual, is when a discontinued camera
reappears several years after a completed
merger. This seems to be the case with the
Pocket Poco A.
The Pocket Poco A was only made for a single
year (1903) and has the same self-casing design
as earlier cameras made by the Monroe Camera
Company (refer to Monroe Vest Pocket Camera)
from 1897 to 1899.
In 1899, Monroe and four other companies
merged to form the Rochester Optical and
Camera Company. Althought the popular line of
Poco bed cameras continued, bedless versions no
longer appeared in catalogues from 1900 to 1902
under the Rochester name.
Pocket Poco A, 1903 Rochester Optical and Camera Company. Rochester, NY.