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Strange 5x7 Bertha on eBay

 
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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:56 pm    Post subject: Strange 5x7 Bertha on eBay Reply with quote

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Doesn't look much like Berthas whose pictures I've seen.

Does anyone have an idea who might have made it?

Can't imagine using it on the dinky tripod its on in the listing's pictures.
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1banjo



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Location: kansas

PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was told that they made around 1000 of them!
its a 4 step zoom made for baceball games
#1 step was foucss on picher mound
#2 for home
#3 for 2 bace
#4 out fild
the lever on the right side was for zooming
they use pack film
it took may be 3 men to use it 1 foucss
1 trip the shutter
1 pull the tab on the film pack
anyway thats what an old UPI photographer
told me that he did back in the 1940s
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bruiser



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a photo of that camera's brother on my site:

http://graflex.coffsbiz.com/more.html

So similar they were obviously made by James Frezzolini around the same time. By the way it is not my camera, just used the photo for illustration.


Cheers,
Bruce
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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Bruce. A couple of years ago Eve Girard sent me pictures of her Frezzolini Bertha. Not the same. Many are the variations ...
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