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DHF845



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:26 pm    Post subject: 5x7 Speed Graphic Reply with quote

I am putting out an A.P.B. on Graflex.org. So I bought this 5x7 Top-Handle from seller on e-b claiming to be liquidating her late father's camera collection (yeah, right). Turns out the S.N. was scratched out. So I wonder-is it hot? Why else would the S.N. be obliterated?
Please let me know if you have heard about a 5x7 Top-Handle Speed Graphic being stolen. If it is, I want to return it to its' legal owner. Like all legit collectors, I despise people who knowingly sell stolen antiques. If I had realized the S.N. was deliberately ground out I wouldn't have bought it.
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Got first Speed Graphic at 15 (1976).Other kids were using 35mm SLR's. I ran around with flashbulbs and sheet-film holders, I wanted to be Weegee (#2084).
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the serial number scratching look recent or well aged?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:45 am    Post subject: 5x7 Speed Graphic Reply with quote

Damaged area is considerably darkened from age-definitely not recent. Numbers were gouged out at least to 1/4 inch below surface.
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