The Cyclone camera was one of the initial cameras sold by the new Western Camera Manufacturing Company at the start of the company in 1897. The Cyclone was a magazine camera capable of taking twelve 4 x 5 inch sized exposures on glass plates. It proved to be extremely popular and was replaced after the initial year by five modified and improved models. It was advertised as being able to take twelve pictures in twelve seconds.
Production for the line of Cyclone cameras was continued in 1899 by the Rochester Optical Company after the Western Camera Company merged with ROC and three other camera manufacturers to counter the market dominance of Eastman.
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