The Search for a Semmendinger Camera

NOTE – The following passage was originally written in 1998.  This article was published in CASCADE PANORAMA the newsletter or the Cascade Photographic Historical Society in their January 1999 issue.

I have made some modifications to the original article, but, for the most part, have tried to keep this passage true to its original form.


I am a descendant of August Semmendinger, an early camera maker.  For the first thirty years of my life I knew little about August Semmendinger and had never seen any of the cameras he made or any of the four patents that he held. 

The following is a summary of how I came to find, and own, a Semmendinger Camera of my very own.

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