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Graflex was a manufacturer that gave its brand name to several models of camera. Folmer and William E. Schwing as a metal working factory, manufacturing gas light fixtures, chandeliers, bicycles and eventually, cameras. In , Kodak was forced to divest itself of the division, which was spun off forming a new company, the Folmer Graflex Corporation, which changed its name to Graflex Inc. In , the company was sold to the Singer Corporation. Graflex was known for the quintessential press camera, the Speed Graphic which was manufactured for over 60 years, and was used by most of the photojournalists in the first half of the 20th century.
Although the first Speed Graphic cameras were produced in , production of later versions continued until ;  with the most significant improvements occurring in with the introduction of the Pacemaker Speed Graphic and Pacemaker Crown Graphic , which is one pound [0. It was standard equipment for many American press photographers until the mids. Despite the common appellation of Speed Graphic , various Graphic models were produced between and Because of the focal plane shutter, the Speed Graphic can also use lenses that do not have shutters known as barrel lenses.