Produced by Graflex in Rochester, New York, the speed Graphic is commonly called the most famous press camera. Although the first Speed Graphic cameras were produced in 1912, production of later versions continued until 1973; with the most significant improvements occurring in 1947. It was standard equipment for many American press photographers until the mid-1960s.
The Speed Graphic camera has two shutters- focal plane and in-lens; three viewfinders- optical, wire frame and ground glass; interchangeable lenses; a rise and fall front; lateral shifts; a coupled rangefinder; and a double extension bellows adaptable to lenses from 90mm to over 300mm.
The Graflex company name changed several times over the years as it was absorbed and then released by Kodak empire, finally becoming a division of the Singer Corporation and then dissolved in 1973, when Graflex corporate history ends.
The Speed Graphic was available in 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches, 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches and 4×5 inches.