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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:12 am    Post subject: Newbie to this forum- Reply with quote

. I have just been gifted a Speed Graphic Miniature, and I just want to get some background on it. Itís a bit rough, but seems to function just fine (both shutters work). Doesnít have a rangefinder, or any kind of back at the moment. Lens (Kodak) is clear . It will be a nice mantelpiece queen as it is, but if I can get some kind of back using my humble reserves, who knows, I may shoot a thing or 2. I wonder where the serial number is, maybe that will give me a start. I already have a Folmer & Schwing tele graflex that we use for a spare room
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The serial number for Graphic cameras from 1946 and earlier is on the bottom of the camera top on the left (handle) side, It will be either embossed into the wood or ink stamped. With the bellows fully retracted into the body turn the camera upside down and use a bright flashlight to see it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aha! Thank you! I am the lucky owner of 378831 !
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

378831 - 1946.
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Doesnít have a rangefinder, or any kind of back at the moment.

Does the rear of the camera have the Focal Plane Shutter curtain exposed or is there a wood frame with a central opening?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks! I will check out the back end.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:36 pm    Post subject: Newbie to this forum- Reply with quote

The rear of the camera- The curtain is exposed. It is framed with just the metal part of the body, painted black.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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