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Other: E.S.C. 
Active:  Scotland / US
 
  
The E.S.C. remains a mysterious entity, not listed in trade directories of the period. It exhibited 12 transparent stereoviews in 1858 at the Photographic Society of Scotland Exhibition in Edinburgh. It may have been similar to the London Stereoscopic Company, with its own in-house production, but also retailing views by other photographers. For example, Moffat views are seen with the E.S.C. blindstamp.
 
Blindstamps on some views indicate that it also had premises at 337 Broadway, New York. Intriguingly, this address is called the Moffat Building!
 
A series entitled 'Edinburgh and its Environs in the Stereoscope' is found with the E.S.C. blindstamp, but also with the Lennie blindstamp. Moffat used a strikingly similar 'Edinburgh and its Environs' title.
 
So what is the link with John Moffat? In Moffat's biography there is a photo of his second wife's brother, James Brown Knott, posing with a stereoscopic camera. Knott had a studio at 60 Princes Street called the Edinburgh Photographic Rooms. He had US links; he married in Brooklyn in 1854. Could the E.S.C. be J.B. Knott?
 
Biography taken, with permission, from: Peter Blair, 2018, Scotland in 3D, (P3DB Publishing) 
  
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Business locations 
  
New York City, NY, US 
Edinburgh, Great Britan 
 
  
[5-6] *"Publisher"; 337 Broadway, NY. Little-known early producer & marketer, seems to have been based primarily in Edinburgh, Scotland & operated for short period in NYC. Views uncommon, most of Europe, rare of NYC/Brooklyn, Catskill Mtns. in late 50s; used blindstamp; source of negs unknown.
*"Producer and Marketer"; 337 Broadway, NY; used blind-stamp. Home base appears to have been Edinburgh; active in NY for only short period. Views mainly of Europe, but rarely of US, photog. unknown. 
  
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association) 
  
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the World (Non-USA), (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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