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t.r.sanford



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thinking about Newton and Brand and Printex and Baco has reminded me that, when I was in college (c. 1960), I had a directory issue of "Popular Photography" that listed, among many other things, currently-produced press and view cameras.

The cheapest one was called a "Fo-Graf-Ek" (I may not have the spelling just right). It was said to be a 2 x 3 camera with a rubber bellows, and it sold for under $100.

I have never seen or heard anything else about this camera, if it ever actually existed -- not everything that appears in a directory issue is there because an editor really knows where to get one! My edition of McKeown's doesn't list it.

Has anybody ever seen one?
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glennfromwy



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, but not many foks have seen a Rex Labs press camera either, but I have one. The name you give seems to be a takeoff on Folmer Graflex and I'll bet a court put a quick halt to that idea.
Hmmm-- might have been a rubber camera, too.
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t.r.sanford



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "rubber bellows" always sounded to me like a very, very bad idea, and I have spent four and a half decades trying to imagine what it might have looked like!

In an era when every $1 Japanese subminiature camera from 1951 has been documented, you would think that this meatball would have come to somebody's attention.
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