The Alta Automatic camera is an usual and scarce variation of the traditional self-casing,
folding-bellows camera. Introduced in 1898 by the short lived American company
Reichenbach, Morey & Will (1896 - 1900), the Alta Automatic gets its name from a
self-erecting, brass front standard. This is a rarely found feature in self-casing cameras.
The lens is attached to the lens board using a locking breach mount system, similar to
the modern Canon SLRs. Turning the nickel plated ring releases the lens and shutter from
its mount. The unmarked Rapid Rectilinear lens is mounted on a R.M.&W. Co. shutter.
Records about the Alta Automatic are hard to find but I believe the camera was only
available for a year or two. It is constructed of polished mahogany with red leather
bellows and brass hardware.