August Semmendinger

Camera Inventor

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August Semmendinger
(1820-1885) was one of the early inventors of the camera.

August Semmendinger was an early pioneer in camera design and manufacture.  He owned four United States Patents related to camera making. 


Please peruse this site to find our more about this important camera maker.



This web page is being designed as a historical archive of information related to this pioneer in the camera industry.


For an overview of August Semmendinger's camera making, with examples of two vintage Semmendinger cameras from the 1870's, please view the video below.

The Semmendinger camera that is housed in the permanent collection at the California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside was used in the filming of an episode of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. 


You can watch part of that episode below.  The camera used is a vintage Semmendinger camera from the 1870's. 


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